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An excellent piece of writing with just the right tone.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Mar 11th, 2007 at 05:20:08 PM EST
Too good for the LA Times's editorial pages, apparently.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 11th, 2007 at 05:22:31 PM EST
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Tell me something new...

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Mar 11th, 2007 at 05:30:03 PM EST
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Well, to paraphrase Rob Corddry from The Daily Show, "how do you report on facts in an unbiased way, when the facts themselves are biased?" And of course Stephen Colbert's "Reality has a well-known liberal bias."

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror" - Oscar Wilde
by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Sun Mar 11th, 2007 at 05:30:07 PM EST
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It starts matter-of-factly, sucking you in with things you didn't know, with a just a pinch of supressed outrage,that slowly builds into the last crushing paragraphs.

There's nothing superfluous, the facts build logically and inarguably, the outrage is held in check till the very end.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Mar 11th, 2007 at 05:26:13 PM EST
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If you compare my account of "the facts of the case" here with the one I wrote last night in my previous diary, you'll see how much I've forgotten. Reading this I was actually appalled at the brazenness of the PP's manipulation. And yet, three years later the fact are faded, but the outrage remains. And hopefully the last paragraph will show Americans just how much of a disappointment, why, a betrayal, it was that Bush actually got reelected.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 11th, 2007 at 05:37:31 PM EST
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It starts matter-of-factly, sucking you in with things you didn't know, with a just a pinch of supressed outrage,that slowly builds into the last crushing paragraphs.

Couldn´t that be an entire Creative Writing course?

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Mon Mar 12th, 2007 at 04:30:00 PM EST
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I really don't know how you teach writing, even though I have several friends who do. I think you just have to read a lot and try to understand what it is, about some of the stuff you read, that inspires you. There are lots of rules that one can learn, but they mostly exist to be broken. I have nothing against learning the rules of writing, but passion and commitment is often a stronger voice.

For me it starts with a love of words,  and how people use or misuse them in different situations. Then it moves on to be about a love of ideas and how people use and misuse them. And finally about life and how people use and misuse that.

I write to put the reader or viewer into a 'space' of my own design. It's a space they come into and go out of freely. But I am always aware of the packaging/perceptions. How do you suck people into a space, so that you can play with their minds?

What many fail to understand is that people like to have their minds played with ;-)

To quote Jean-Luc Godard "There should be a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order"

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Mar 13th, 2007 at 02:21:43 AM EST
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hmm, reminds me of the dalai lama's dictum: 'learn the rules. so to break them correctly!'

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Mar 13th, 2007 at 04:02:38 AM EST
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