Scott Adams – Predicting Trump

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Alex Beam in the Boston Globe today, highlighted Scott Adams’ (the creator of Dilbert) prediction in in his blog August 2015 that the “Clown Genius,” as he calls him, would win a close election up against Hilary.

“On the surface . . . Trump appears to be a narcissistic blow-hard with inadequate credentials to lead a country.”

He added to the message in the Wall Street Journal this week:

“Humor is an extraordinary tool of persuasion,”

Adams compares Trump to Ronald Reagan, “a Master Persuader — someone who sees reality as malleable because to a large degree it really is.”

“Why does he say these things? He does it because he’s creating the future. The fact checkers are missing the entire show. The show is the president is describing the future by pretending it’s the present. It’s right out of the Norman Vincent Peale playbook.”’

Alex Beam writes, comparing Adams to Milton, but mistaking God for Satan: “His mission might be called ‘to justify the ways of Trump to men,’ and he’s good at it.”

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All the Films of Studio Ghibli, Ranked

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From the New York Times. Some of my favourite movies from an incredible studio.

“When the New York Times’s chief film critics ranked the best movies of the century so far, many readers were surprised by the work at No. 2: Hayao Miyazaki’s animated “Spirited Away.” The rest of us wondered why it wasn’t No. 1.” I am one of the rest of us.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/movies/ranking-studio-ghibli-movies.html

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Sarah Manguso

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MangusoCheck out, Sarah Manguso.  Her website lists her books, and connects to lots of her articles.  Is what she does “prose poetry”? Probably.  But it doesn’t matter. It’s phenomenal. Tightly written short pieces.  Often autobiographical.  She has re-awoken my interest in prose poems.

Prose
300 Arguments (Graywolf, 2017)
Ongoingness: The End of a Diary (Graywolf, 2015)
The Guardians: An Elegy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012)
The Two Kinds of Decay (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008)
Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape (McSweeney’s Books, 2007)

Poetry
Siste Viator (Four Way Books, 2006)
The Captain Lands in Paradise (Alice James Books, 2002)

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Kaizen Aplied to Writing

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Sarah Manguso:

“The Japanese term kaizen translates literally to improvement, but it’s a term that has come to mean gradual, continuous improvement of a piece of collaborative work. It’s most commonly associated with manufacturing operations, but I think it has general application to almost everything, including writing. In companies that implement kaizen, workers look continuously for small improvements that can be implemented immediately. The philosophy was developed to adjust the work process from its traditional practices, back when making a new iteration of something was laborious and had to be done all at once.”

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Bright Phoebus RE-RELEASED

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There is no album closer to my heart than Bright Phoebus credited to Mike and Lal Waterson, (it involves their sister, Norma). It’s finally been properly released on CD by Domino Martin Carthy plays on every track alongside Richard Thompson who is on almost every song.  The deeply Yorkshire voices singing new material reaches right into the modern age.  If you have never heard The Watersons, it might take a moment to hear what is going, but give yourself a chance.

The Guardian Rerelease notice
Grizzly Folk

 

 

 

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