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Let the experts tell you ... Talent Is Nothing Without Focus and Endurance
The Lord provides as does Google Blogger.com of do not do evil fame ;-) In the last (fourteen) 14 Years or so (6000 blog entries or so) over 400,000 times soulful real and virtual friends, family and kind strangers walked down the road less traveled on MEdia Dragon ... and other blogs down under:
The belief that using one’s imagination is cultural appropriation has turned author
Elena Ferrante’s identity into a controversy ... It’s also insulting to the abilities of truly great storytellers. Did Shakespeare have nothing worth saying about women’s experience, or Emily Bronte about men’s experience? Do we really think imagination is limited by what a writer has personally experienced, and that nothing can be learned by observing others, by contemplating their approach to life and their actions?
Why a Politically Correct World Wants Writers Who Don’t Use Imagination
MEdia Dragon vs Freud, Degas vs. Manet, Matisse vs. Picasso, Pollock vs. de Kooning. Other than knives through canvases and sexual intrigue, what makes an artistic rivalry Memorable ...
Why are there some people who simply pay no attention to facts and fact-checking? A California mental health expert explains that our ancestors, lions, fear-mongering, and a body part called the amygdala all have something to do with it. Read this and impress your friends at Latitude's happy hour...
Yes, agents have become lazy. They’ve convinced themselves they are so busy and important that they don’t have time to read literary journals and slush manuscripts and otherwise seek out new and exciting voices; easier to simply rely on recommendations from his/her old MFA program instructors. Creativity and risk-taking is happening at indie presses; seek them out...NOTA BENE: Google News now has a “Fact Check” tag
If you bottled up Hunter S. Thompson, your beloved grandma and The Real Housewives, you’d have Coquette (formerly Coketalk), a Los Angeles party girl turned mysterious advice columnist, who’s known for her sassy, biting straight talk about nice guys, bitchy best friends, cheaters, abusers, long-lost lovers and all the sex questions you’re too embarrassed to ask your best friend...or anyone Advice Columnist Coquette Knows All Your Secrets. We Don't Even Know her name
We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation dangerously diminishing our skills?
Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster Guardian
“Q: Why do you blog?What was the worst year in history?
A: Partly to make Butterflies and Wheels more frequently updated and more interactive (as well as that bit more interesting, I hope), but also because I think the world desperately needs to hear my opinions, and I like to oblige.”
― Ophelia Benson
I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget
–William Lyon Phelps
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way”