A brief interlude

The font is going to be different in this post because typepad ate my previous post and if it happened again, something bad would happen.

I managed to post almost of the decisions for the past month.  Finally.  Now I can write about the things nobody wants to read about.  As usual, it will start with what I’ve been reading. 

First, I finished Point Made: How to Write Like the Nations’s Top Advocates, by Ross Guberman.  I’ve already told a bunch of people to read it.  It’s that good.  I also read the Garner transcripts, which are a pretty damn amazing resource.  Since then I ordered Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing (3rd Edition).  Garner recommends the author.  I also finished Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger, which was suggested by C&F.  Anyone who reads about what I read, knows that if C&F recommends a book, it’s probably a good one.  If anyone is looking around for something to read, start there.  But I don’t think you will get any suggestions any time soon, as C&F is pretty busy trying to destroy Rakofsky—a seemingly worthwhile endeavor, as most of the internet agrees. 

Rakofsky, if you don't know, is suing the internets.  I won’t get into the background of it, because, well, it’s all over the place and I don’t want to rehash it here. [1]  I just don’t understand the guy.

Imagine you are an attorney, and you walk into a courthouse wearing a clown suit—the full get-up: red nose, big clown hair, funny shoes, etc.  So you walk in, manage to get through the metal detectors, and waltz into a courtroom.  Everyone turns around and stares.  Some laugh.  Some just point.  Others discuss.  Even the judge gets into it. Would you respond by yelling at the people, “how dare you”!  After yelling, would you leave the courthouse, light your funny-clown-hair on fire, then walk back into the same room.  Once in, after seeing even more people laughing, pointing, etc., would you yell again, but really let them have it this time.  Let’s say you did, would you immediately walk out of the courthouse, call the media, and hold a press conference announcing that people shouldn’t be staring, talking, and laughing at your get up, because, you don’t like the attention.

Probably not.

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that you didn’t choose the costume.  It was forced on you and you were shoved into the courtroom.  Would you do the yelling, hair-lighting, walking out, walking in, yelling, then the press conference thing?

My guess is that you wouldn’t.

[1] I’ll save you the trouble of a search.



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