Speaking of the fine art of recitation, it ain't what it used to be. There is likely no one here who was compelled to rise in fifth-grade English and recite "The Boy Stood On The Burning Deck," or "The Charge of the Light Brigade," but if your grandparents went to school in the 1910s or 20s, it's quite likely that they did.
It might be that formal writing, as such, is simply no longer as essential a skill in the everyday world as it once was.
How many people here, who are not some variety of professional writer, ever actually do any formal writing in their everyday life? How many people -- again, who are not actually employed as some variety of professional writer -- actually sit down and write formally-structured letters, or articles, or research reports, or essays, or formal speeches? How essential a skill *is* this in today's world...
In recent days it seems I’ve heard “reopening the economy” every several minutes.
While there’s no doubt that parts of the economy large and small are on hiatus, and that the effects of that are being felt throughout the economy, it isn’t that the economy is closed.
There’s gotta be a better phrase.
While there’s no doubt that parts of the economy large and small are on hiatus, and that the effects of that are being felt throughout the economy, it isn’t that the economy is closed. .
I call this the "Ulysses - Joyce" phenomenon...all the poseurs call it challenging and creative to mask that they don't understand it and likely didn't enjoy reading it if in fact they actually did finish it.I *hate* the word "challenging." A film festival producer of my acquaintance has the habit of describing every film he presents as "challenging," which really means he was high on dope when he saw it and has no idea what it was about.
and today realize that your maleness is a choice.^^^^^
Yeah, I don’t tune in nearly as frequently as I once did, although I don’t know if it’s that they’ve slipped or that I’ve changed. A bit of both, I suppose.
I was torn between laughing and screaming one day recently when an announcer on a local NPR affiliate uttered an almost incredibly awkward string of copy, written so as to say “people experiencing homelessness” rather than “homeless people” or just “the homeless.”
It was apparent the directive came from on high.
So, in the spirit of same, I am no longer an old bald white guy. I’m a person experiencing seniority, and a person experiencing alopecia, and a person experiencing paleness, and a person experiencing maleness.