Saturday, July 16, 2011
Hello! Where were we?
Breaking radio silence (it's been a busy year) to urge you all to check out a new book, The Guardian Class: How a Couple Battle Buddies Challenged Washington's Elite, by Dr. Jonathan Heavey. I will be very upfront about this-- Jon is family, so let that affect your reading of my recommendation as it will. But he writes about a vitally important subject that should not get lost amidst the political and economic debates now engulfing us, particularly when it comes to any future role the country will play in Iraq or Afghanistan. I linked to an earlier piece Jon wrote about Hope MD and its work; this is not only a story about trying to bring care and hope to people caught in the ravages of war, but also the tale of how some intelligent, dedicated, and deeply humane people maintained their own humanity and humor and tried to affect genuine change for communities who might otherwise struggle to be heard.
Monday, July 11, 2011
I actually think about like an MC with 16 bars, mostly because I really believe the the thing should sound good...There's a beat you have in your head, and you don't want your sentences to be off. And then on top of that you have to try to actually say something. My point isn't that it always works. It doesn't. But that's what you're trying to do.
--Ta-Nehisi Coates, talking about compression, form and the New York Times op-ed page (and by extension, blogging).