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Politician Writers Never Learn

Posted by Michael Dolan on January 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Latest example comes from liberal darling Elizabeth Warren. Interesting thought requires originality. Which Warren did not exercise in her latest New York Times op-ed, according to Ben Mathis-Lilley of Slate.   “I’m having trouble remembering anything Warren said about it because her column sounds like it was written in 10 minutes using a bag of […]

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Rule #1

Posted by Michael Dolan on January 20, 2014 in Uncategorized |

The first rule in George Orwell’s rules for writing is “Never use a combination of words you are used to seeing in print.” Always be fresh. Drop these clichés: Unbeknownst Boggles the mind State of the Art Third rail Cutting edge Methinks Aforementioned Or lack thereof       Z78XQDCWVEQP  

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Stafford of Life

Posted by Michael Dolan on January 19, 2014 in Uncategorized |

All over the world this year, people are celebrating of the 100th anniversary of the birth of poet William Stafford (January 17, 1914 – August 28, 1993) because nobody else can do this:   One Evening On a frozen pond a mile north of Liberal almost sixty years ago I skated wild circles while a […]

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Now For Something Entirely Different

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 22, 2013 in Uncategorized |

George Orwell has it all wrong in his famous essay on language and power — the one that animates this blog.  His rules are hard to understand and his advice about politicians is dangerous, says author Steven Poole. “Rather than waving it away as “pure wind”, it is necessary to listen all the more closely to […]

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