In addition to working on freelance projects (including two conversations on a book edit, changes to a manuscript, and reporting/writing another story), my multitasking brain decided to embark on a mass blog update that’s long overdue. (And not yet complete, but keep coming back...)
Any major update of this sort would not be complete without a few random observations.
Politics and Society
I’m not overtly political, but here are several things that have stuck with me over the past month. Would like to know what you think…
1) Why didn’t we see stories on the 20th anniversary of the Republican Revolution of 1994 and whether “The Contract with America” had a lasting impact? I realize news organizations have been drastically cut, but the legacy of political division spawned (at least in part) by that contract can’t be denied.
2) Speaking of legacy, when is someone going to start comparing President Obama to LBJ? The parallels between 1967 and now are striking: Tough economy, ongoing war we can’t seem to win or extricate ourselves from, racial tension and unrest, divisions over big programs/ideas and the government’s role. Who says history doesn’t repeat itself?
3) Bill Cosby’s denials/refusal to discuss the allegations against him are either delusional or genius. If the allegations are true, then it is a sad and shameful abuse of power and privilege that makes you question whether you can trust those whom people turn into icons. That said, when you look at the list of icons who have fallen, and the shameful and shady circumstances under which the falls occurred, you have to wonder.
4) That brings me to this quote from Dolly Parton that I saw earlier in the month: "If people want to pass judgment, they're already sinning. The sin of judging is just as bad as any other sin they might say somebody else is committing."
Other Random Notes
• Does anyone else think that Rob Lowe's DirectTV commercials are an extended audition for next year's American Horror Story?
• Love this statement from Pablo Picasso: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
• Homecoming: When high school football stands become a mosh pit.
And finally, a few tweets from @ourrealityshow
• Trying to build the Twitter and start using it more. Sadly I'm not a Newsie.
• Bought the Basement Tapes Complete this week. Obsessed.
• Twits treat tweets like... an alliterative process that falls off well before 140 characters.
• Your writer's block is bad when you can't even fill 140 characters, let alone 1400 words.
• Write, write, write... Right?