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Terminology for the Downturn

An intriguing dilemma arises with the language of the downturn. In surveys, voters consistently say that they believe we’re in a recession. Yet, economists aren’t aborad. The definition of a recession is negative GDP and we haven’t been there yet, though we could be headed there.  So, how can we reconcile the public’s feelings of … Continue reading

Not Just Showing, Part III

            For some examples on going beyond ‘showing’ versus ‘telling’: First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from a girl named Martha, a junior at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey. They were not love letters, but Lieutenant Cross was hoping, so he kept them folded in plastic at the bottom of his rucksack. In the … Continue reading

More than “showing”, part 2

So, I don’t refute the point that Bransford and Jertz make per se. My primarily goal is to illuminate the limitations of what they say and emphasize how it sometimes misses the point. Joshua Hendkin had an excellent discussion on this in the Elegant Variation. He points out other examples of showing versus telling that … Continue reading

More than showing, part 1

            I think pretty much anyone who’s engaged creative writing classes or handouts has heard the phrase: show , don’t tell. Does it help writers as much as some folks who repeat it like to think? Success in fiction depends crucially on being in internal states, and a writer can’t just inform the reader what’s going on. … Continue reading

Is Occupy Wall Street angry at the right people? Part 1

Is Occupy Wall Street unhealthy class warfare? How should Democrats and those with center-left orientations see it? Is the conservative manta of “53%” a compelling counterargument to “We are the 99%”? These are all worthwhile questions that warrant further discussion, with many people sure to make interesting and articulate arguments on either side. Another question … Continue reading