Best Ideas From This Week

Favorite Tweets, Ideas, or Quotes From Other People That I Read This Week  “For a creative writer, possession of the ‘truth’ is less important than emotional sincerity.” – George Orwell ~ tweeted by valerieb‏@kbvalerie “Everybody tells you that you should ‘write what you know,’ but I think that you should ‘write what you want to…

Endgames, Boats Rising, & With What You Have

William F. Buckley Jr. debating with Gore Vidal about the Vietnam War. A Shared Endgame For Both Debating And Writing When you debate or write persuasively, you’re not debating according to current standards and mores, you’re debating against the future knowledge base of mankind. Gore Vidal died recently.  A gay man, he was considered an extreme liberal by…

Writing About The Arts

Some writers may think “I’m writing about the arts, so I can say whatever I feel because it’s all subjective anyway.”  While it’s true anyone can say anything they want, I don’t think art commentary and criticism benefits from relying purely on subjectivity and ignoring basic principles of communication. It’s still important for art criticism…

The Dark Knight Rises – Film Review – A Hero Is Simply An Ordinary Person Who Chooses To Take On The Problems They See

I did what I said I would do.  As you can see from the stub above, I went to see The Dark Knight Rises this evening.  It is a great film.  I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Before the film started, as the previews concluded with the brief preview for 2013’s Superman film,…

When Dark Nights Arise, Dark Knights Rise Up In Response

I had no intention of posting another post today.  But I have long been a big fan of mythical stories, movies, and superheroes.  I’ve long been a proponent of comic books and graphic novels.  Frank Miller’s mid-80s Batman series was a seminal work in the development of my artistic sensibilities. My deepest sympathies to all…

Wylie Maercklein 2012 Down The Rabbit Hole

3 Dimensional Complexities Of Relationships

A blank piece of paper is a foreboding thing for me.  I write in response to external stimulus, conversations going on around me. Tom Cruise is getting divorced for the third time.  Go figure.  An apparently very successful man on many fronts, has, like many people, not found someone to share his entire life with.…

Lina Scheynius June 2012

The Increasing Unimportance Of Competition

Politicians, from time to time, tell us how US students have dropped to like 28th in a comparative list of nations when it comes to Math and Science aptitudes.  I’m not sure the general public is very concerned about this issue.  In the working world, my greatest challenges generally did not involve in my ability to figure…