Author Archives: bdure

We R not smrt

Canadian magazine Maclean’s looks southward and shudders. A few painful excerpts from a thorough beatdown that starts with a bunch of frightening statistics on America’s willful scientific ignorance: If the rise in uninformed opinion was limited to impenetrable subjects that … Continue reading

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How to edit, old-school

Among the pearls (pardon the pun) from this Jeff Pearlman interview with longtime Sports Illustrated editor Peter Carry are these handy four rules of editing (I’ve put the most frequently violated rule in bold): Rule 1: The best ideas come from … Continue reading

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De-romanticizing Woodstock

I don’t even like being packed next to a smelly drunk dude. I doubt I could’ve coped with this: Imagine the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: hot, humid, hundreds of thousands of people stranded without enough food or water. Now imagine … Continue reading

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A little knowledge on the USA TODAY layoffs

I’m trying to spend less time refuting people who are wrong on the Internet or elsewhere. It’s not productive. Sure, they say all it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to say nothing. But that doesn’t mean … Continue reading

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Today’s non-mainstream news

Time to worry less about ISIS and more about disabling the Axis (of two parties in the USA)? Read on … Is the “homegrown jihadi” movement actually declining? The Daily Dish has a few dismissive voices on the direct threat ISIS … Continue reading

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Why must writers become editors?

Good question that recalls the Mitch Hedberg complaint: “Hey, you’re a really good cook? Can you farm?” And a few sound criticisms of the status quo: If you believe that having four editors edit a story produces a better story than … Continue reading

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Brooks Wheelan: Smartest SNL short-timer ever?

I love this guy’s positive attitude, and I love the description “comedian/biomedical engineer.” Maybe he and Ken Jeong can team up for the nerdiest sketch comedy show ever. Brooks Wheelan on ‘SNL’ Firing: ‘Yeah, That Adds Up’ – TheWrap.

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