Writing well is hard. Professional writers have said so, and they practice more often than most of us. (I’m using “professional writers” here somewhat loosely, in the common usage of someone who makes their living *for their writing itself.*) Some I’ve heard say it never gets easier, that it’s always drudgery. Some love writing, despite it’s difficulty; others despise it yet consider it necessary to tell their stories or to make their points.Read More
The world is full of writers. Many, perhaps most, don’t call themselves writers. They call themselves real estate agents or investors or cashiers or teachers or inventors or doctors or engineers or small business owners. But if you ask them to provide a list of all the activities they complete every day—just for their “work”—almost every one of them would list “writing” high up on the list of both most important and most time-consuming tasks.Read More
There’s a song that came out back in the 1980s. Maybe some of you remember it, but most of you have probably never heard of it—or of the man who sang it. (He is still alive, so perhaps I should say “sings” it.) The title of the song is “Love Is Not a Feeling.” I grew up listening to this song, and it continues to influence me.Read More
It’s been fifteen months since I posted my last original poetry. It hasn’t been fifteen months since I wrote my last poem, but a lot has happened in the last fifteen months and WitGlass posts and podcasts took a backseat. This poem was one of the poems I wrote in response to our family dog’s recent death.Read More
All advancement of civilization, society, and culture depends on the consolidation of knowledge (cognition, apprehension, tuition), insight (*re*-cognition, understanding, comprehension, intuition), and skill (wisdom, application).
I can’t say enough good about this piece. It is probably one of the best articles I’ve read about Trump this year—maybe even the best article I’ve read from the New York Times this year (that may not be as high praise as I first thought it was when I started to type it).
On most days, Mr. Trump is 90 percent of the news on my Twitter and Facebook feeds, and probably yours, too. But he’s not 90 percent of what’s important in the world. During my break from Trump news, I found rich coverage veins that aren’t getting social play.
The message of the article is something that all of us need to remember—and that some of us will need to be reminded of repeatedly.
Although cannibalism is often depicted as aberrant behavior, Schutt found that it occurs all the time in the natural world. We humans have also long made a habit of consuming our own—Renaissance Europeans drank human blood as medicine; Pacific Islander communities ate the flesh of deceased relatives as a gesture of grief. Schutt even tried a taste of a human organ (don’t worry, no people were harmed in the making of this book).
Oh, I wish I had the time to break this article down fully. There are so many problems with this, so many logical inevitabilities, which I’m sure the author of the book (Schutt) would deny, but which will inevitably develop, anyway, for anyone who adopts the principles he is espousing. Human cannibalism became taboo in the Western world for a reason, and it should remain taboo.
I already linked to Chris Long’s brilliant takedown of someone telling him he must stand in solidarity with his dark-skinned teammates who are boycotting the visit to the U.S. White House, because of its current resident.
He is back at it, dealing this time with some folks now upset with him for his decision to not visit the White House with his teammates who are making the visit. And his responses to critics on Twitter are just as brilliant as his previous response. It’s best if you read it for yourself.
Of course it’s tempting to stomp your foot, wag your finger and say, “I told you so!” in an angsty booze-inspired Facebook status. But this will not make your niece stop calling everyone a Nazi, and it will not change her stance on abortion. You’re her “literally Hitler” uncle. You’re not Beyoncé. It’s just time to accept that and change strategy.Read More