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How many of us believe the recent study claiming that Wikipedia and the Encyclopedia Britannica were equally accurate? I certainly don’t, because every time I have gone to look up something on Wikipedia that I already have a good deal of knowledge about, I find at least one error. Still, I am addicted to the […]

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Before Chuck Jones landed at Warner Brothers he worked a short stint with a group of puppeteers, which taught him an important lesson; for the audience to believe in your characters, make sure they follow the laws of gravity. A marionette that dangles just above the floor is just a marionette. One whose feet reach […]

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When I was very young I had a thing for George Washington. Both Virginians, we were born precisely two hundred and twenty-nine years apart. I was most grateful for this latter circumstance, because until the disrespectful skunks in George’s own city combined his birthday with Lincoln’s and called the resulting compromise date Presidents’ Day, I […]

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Many successful writers extol the benefits of writing something every day. Keeps you in form. Keeps the momentum going. Combats inertia. Well, I haven’t written a word since last Tuesday’s entry. Excuses? Of course I’ve got excuses. The school I was teaching my regular writing program at ended the year early, so Wednesday and Thursday […]

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What am I saying here?  That allegory always makes for bad writing?  Absolutely not.  Orwell himself wrote an effective little allegorical number called Animal Farm. Neither Animal Farm nor Nineteen Eighty-Four is intended primarily as a work of art.  Both books are what Orwell would classify as propaganda.  But how do you catch people’s ears?  […]

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