some black and white photos, inappropriate analogies and hypocritical priorities

black and white new zealand waterfall

black and white new zealand waterfall

 

Review: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction

Twenty-six authors, editors, and teachers each address a topic or aspect of flash nonfiction in a craft essay, provide a writing prompt based upon that topic, and also include an example essay. This comprehensive exploration nudges the reader in different directions, from the first chapter on size itself—Lia Purpura’s “On Miniatures”—to the last chapter from Jeff Gundy, “Walking, Gathering, Listening,” which urges the reader to gather the details of the world.

I think 750 words is simply a creative essay, but if calling such essays flash nonfiction gets some people to think writing creative essays is cool and start excising their writing muscles, is not a bad trend. I doubt it will help, time, not inspiration is my real enemy.

black and white train trestle wallpaper

black and white train trestle wallpaper. this is a wikicommons image i played around with in photoshop.

It is probably some kind of neural specter that some people can seldom use a word correctly. When those same people also have an above average tendency to use inappropriate analogies you get a big ball of barbed wire held together with spit and vitriol, Charles Krauthammer: Larger Sandy Relief Bill Was ‘Rape Of The Treasury’ (VIDEO). Chuck went on to pontificate or chew some more on his foot, “The part that was essential that passed today was to replenish the flood insurance. That’s right, and the rest ought to be debated in regular order.” Chuck seemed to have the impression the full spending bill had some pork in it. That is possible. Though a matter of opinion. Pork being a long tradition at the federal level and state houses, unnecessary spending or not, hardly a matter of  equaling the severe sexual battery of an individual. Where was Chuck earlier in the week when the Republican House majority decided to table Sandy relief entirely and did take up something in regular order, With Millions Still Waiting For Sandy Relief, Republicans Reintroduce Obamacare Repeal and fail to, speaking of rape, reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. House conservatives have voted to repeal Obamacare 33 times. If, priorities matter, and Chuck’s rant would seem to indicate he thinks so, why pass a bill that conservatives know had has zero chance of passing the Senate or of President Obama signing into law. Such silliness passed its symbolic significance after the first two failures. Charles writes a regular column at The Washington Post that is syndicated in newspapers across the country and is a frequent guest commentator-analyst on Fox News and the Sunday morning talk shows. He represents the voice of conservatism.

auto breakdown, maryland, 1923

auto breakdown, maryland, 1923

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