Tag Archives: The Power of Narrative

America’s Mayor 2.0

Rudy Giuliani was “America’s Mayor” after 9/11 – he rode that national tragedy to fame and fortune – before everyone noticed that he’d screwed up a lot in his city’s response to it all. But that came later. He was … Continue reading

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Nothing Doing

The Vietnam War was raging and escalating rapidly and the war protests were beginning – the college kids, and then the clergy, and then “normal” people were taking to the streets – and in August, 1965, there were the Watts … Continue reading

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The New Old Story

Who, what, when, where, how, and why. That’s what a news story is supposed to provide, except that last thing, the why, can be problematic. The party in question may not provide any statement of motivation, so a good reporter … Continue reading

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Still Dead

No one really gets old in America – you’ve seen the Viagra commercials. They just get cool in a different sort of way, like Clint Eastwood or Betty White. They get all what-the-hell loose and, presumably, devastatingly honest about everything, … Continue reading

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The Only Ideas They Shall Have In Their Lives

Maybe everyone gets locked in early, when high school is over and it’s off into the real world on your own – off to college or work or the military, or for some women, quick marriage and motherhood. That’s when … Continue reading

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More Words on the Way

We all know George Bush was a man of few words – and that would be the second President George Bush, not the first one, who no one really remembers because that was so long ago, or so it seems. … Continue reading

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Read All About It

Back in the sixties everyone was reading Tolkien – Frodo saves Middle Earth and Gandalf didn’t really die – and over the last decade or so every kid in the world, and a good number of adults, read the Harry … Continue reading

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