With the passing of comedy legend Carl Reiner, it's a good time to share this clip from several years ago. You can learn more about writing - in any medium - from this than any 10 books devoted to the subject. Namely: What you write has to work. You can't throw something random out and … Continue reading If You’re Not In the Obit, Eat Breakfast
There’s a story I’ve been telling for years. It goes something like this. During college I went on a road trip with some friends. We decided to head to the Southwest, planning to visit Taos, NM, Boulder, CO and a few other spots. The trip lasted a bit over a week, during which we mostly … Continue reading A Moment of Privilege
For a lot of people, the last two months have been a big change. Not being able to go out whenever you want, not being able to buy whatever was needed or wanted, not having the usual cacophony of activities that keep everyone bustling and hustling. All of that was, understandably, a series of major … Continue reading When “Stay At Home” Orders Don’t Change Much
A brief list of opportunities to challenge the societal status quo. Let’s rethink how we fund public education, decoupling it from something as discriminatory and subject to crashes in the broader economy. Let’s rethink healthcare - not just insurance - and decouple it from employment since those who are out of work can’t afford the … Continue reading Where Do We Go From Here?
A brief list of realizations over the last couple weeks. That any claims by conservatives to fiscal responsibility on a national level were never in earnest. That criticisms of individuals who find themselves in hard financial times apparently don’t apply to corporations. That apparently the entire U.S. economy is so precarious it’s subject to complete … Continue reading What’s Become Clear
Every year is interesting in its own right. There are ups and downs and moments in between, things that will never be forgotten and things that won’t be remembered without serious effort being put in. On at least two fronts, 2018 was notable in very positive ways. First, from January through August I kept quite … Continue reading What I Accomplished In 2018
It’s great that both Uber and Lyft are offering free rides to people on election day so they can vote in the midterm elections. It really is. My question is this: Why is our democracy dependent on the largesse of private companies? So this year Uber and Lyft give free rides to polling places. Let’s … Continue reading Privatizing Voter Access
Acting Consumer Fraud Protection Bureau director Mick Mulvaney is very concerned that people are taking out student loans to pay for college without considering the “moral” consequences of paying those loans back. Mulvaney’s comments, best heard in your head in the voice of an 18th century French nobleman decrying the work ethic of the common … Continue reading Education For Me, Not For Thee
Kara Swisher, noted and widely-respected tech journalist, has made it clear that yes, she would interview “wandering plague ship” Steve Bannon. Swisher’s op-ed comes on the heels of Bannon’s being uninvited from The New Yorker Festival after other attendees objected to his appearance as well as a new documentary on Bannon that’s premiered at the … Continue reading Which Ideas and Actions are Worth Exploring?