Be concise and clear.
Less meandering (without purpose).
Using too many sounds like bull$hit, and usually is.
Via The Loop
Reading, Writing, Wanderlust, and Commentary
I found the iCloud beta to be pretty impressive. While it may not satisfy everyone, it’s going to be a boon to iOS users who don’t own a Mac as well as the occasional student who needs to make document or presentation edits at schools where Macs are not the standard computing platform.
Overall, a great set of Web-based apps. I highly recommend that you give them a try.
Kiese Laymon, from How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance
…Mama and I fight over my job at Cutco and her staying with her boyfriend and her not letting me use the car to get to my second job at an HIV hospice since my license is suspended. Really, we’re fighting because she raised me to never ever forget I was on parole, which means no black hoodies in wrong neighborhoods, no jogging at night, hands in plain sight at all times in public, no intimate relationships with white women, never driving over the speed limit or doing those rolling stops at stop signs, always speaking the king’s English in the presence of white folks, never being outperformed in school or in public by white students and most importantly, always remembering that no matter what, white folks will do anything to get you.
You should be reading this guy.
You should be reading him NOW.
His collection of Essays on Amazon: How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America
And those who know me understand that while it is refreshing to meet people with no opinions, I am not that fellow. I like to argue. I don’t take the argument itself personally — and I am often amazed at so much outsized commentary that assumes otherwise — but rather I delight in pursuing a good, ranging argument. It’s why I value a writer’s room so much. It’s why I used to love a healthy newsroom, which I have described as a magical place where everyone disagrees with everything all of the time. Arguments make the work better; when people stop arguing, or at least arguing intelligently, absent the usual half-assed, rhetorical cheating, the work invariably suffers. So, for me, any dialectic is a temptation.
I’ve been reading David Simon since I first started watching Homicide: Life on the Street back when it was on NBC. Two books and several TV series later, Simon remains one of my favorite writers and commentators on culture, news, the inner city, politics, you name it…
His TV shows, Homicide, The Wire, Treme, The Corner, Generation Kill, are smart social commentary that’s compassionate, true, intelligent, ambiguous (like so much of life), and not preachy. If you haven’t watched them, you should.
What I love about Simon is summarized in the previous paragraph from his blog, The Audacity of Despair.
I like a good fight. Nothing personal, just a good, hard, thoughtful fight that makes you think differently and challenges what you believe. This is also why I hate and refuse to watch any television news shows. They’re mostly didactic schlock with no interest in anything productive. Best line in the paragraph?
It’s why I used to love a healthy newsroom, which I have described as a magical place where everyone disagrees with everything all of the time. Arguments make the work better; when people stop arguing, or at least arguing intelligently, absent the usual half-assed, rhetorical cheating, the work invariably suffers.
Now, go read…
In an interview on Thursday, Mr. Seeger called his wife of almost 70 years “the brains of the family” and said it was she who figured out how to turn his artistic concepts into commercial successes.