Category Archives: writing (the craft of writing; good vs. bad writing; my training, experience, and lessons re same)

can the sun “grin”?

  I learned in yesterday’s New York Times about the passing of my former journalism professor Maurice (Mickey) Carroll, who died on December 6th.   “Maurice Carroll, Political Reporter and Pollster, Dies at 86” By Sam Roberts The New York … Continue reading

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which came first …?

    “… in much commentary, there is a tendency to look at every work in a given form, such as sonata form, as just one more example of that form, perhaps with a few quirks. From a composer’s perspective, … Continue reading

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highfalutin hogwash; pseudo intellectual inanity; pernicious pomposity, perverse pontificating (take a hike, Spiro Agnew! you too, Bill Safire!)

    Two things are pertinent to this post — form a background to it, so to speak. First, this past March, I wrote a blog post: “Racism Rears Its Ugly Head”   https://rogersgleanings.com/2017/03/22/racism-rears-its-ugly-head/   about objections to a painting by … Continue reading

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Nuts?

      I could not help but think of my recent post “After Racist Rage, Statues Fall”   https://rogersgleanings.com/2017/09/06/after-racist-rage-statues-fall/   when I read an op-ed piece by Gail Collins in today’s New York Times: “Dogs, Saints and Columbus Day” The … Continue reading

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left vs. right brainedness; and, CREATIVITY

    An animated discussion with an acquaintance the other day got me to thinking about the concept of left vs. right brainedness (known by scientists as lateralization of brain function) and how it affects people. Clearly, it is a … Continue reading

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an exchange re Tolstoy (and some things I learned) … plus, why it pays to keep one’s eye on others’ writing

    Elisabeth van der Meer has a new post on her site about Russian literature, which I follow avidly. “Tolstoy and Homer” https://arussianaffair.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/tolstoy-and-homer/   Ms. van der Meer notes: “… Tolstoy considered himself equal to Homer. He was so … Continue reading

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how to write descriptive prose

      “Six boys came running over the hill half an hour early that afternoon, running hard, their heads down, their forearms working, their breath whistling.”   — John Steinbeck, The Red Pony   One can just imagine how … Continue reading

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