Louis C.K. Hurt My Feelings

Louis C.K. hates the Common Core standards. I first saw it here, on the HuffPo, from David Letterman. Later, a friend/colleague (I don’t name her only because she is in the business, too, and I don’t want to get her in trouble) sent me a message to make sure I saw it–thanks for keeping me […]

A Great Deal Done Imperfectly

Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.–PlatoIn my last post, I may have given the impression that editors have more power than they do, and that perhaps that they have time to consider the ramifications of failing to provide all the necessities, or that they are willfully negligent. Salaried as […]

Pass the Pineapple

This, from Jo Perry, the beginning of a discussion about the larger context for the sleeveless talking pineapple: An American child could go to a public school run by Pearson, studying from books produced by Pearson, while his or her progress is evaluated by Pearson standardized tests. The only public participant in the show would […]

In Defense of Quality

If you cannot learn to love real art, at least learn to hate sham art. This, from William Morris. By “real art,” let’s say James Lesesne Wells, for example, and by “sham art,” let’s say Thomas Kinkade.  I’d like to apply this sentiment to the work of writing, and more specifically, to the work of […]

An Angry Little Toot from a Lone Brave Whistle-Blower

The books I am reading right now are: Love and Will by Rollo May, Aretha Franklin’s autobiography Aretha: From These Roots, and Daniel Goleman’s Vital Lies, Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self-Deception. And I just finished Making the Grades: My Misadventures in the Standardized Testing Industry. There may not, at first glance, appear to be […]