Paul Morantz

“Is America First that much different from Deutschland uber alles?”

–Paul Morantz, “The Cult of Trump


(from our friend Pamela Sutter, author of May the Farce Be with You)


Teodrose Fikre

 

“Discount anyone who talks about social justice if they do not speak about economic inequalities. They want you to hack at branches while disregarding the root of iniquities. Economic imbalances are at the core of most of society’s ills. Crime, drug abuse, broken families, homelessness, suicides and high incarceration, in large part, can be traced back to the hopelessness that hunger and poverty inculcate in the minds of those who struggle in indigence. A vast majority of Americans are one or two paychecks away from insolvency and destitution; our nation has been turned into a vast pyramid scheme where wealth is transferred from the many who languish to the few who flourish. Focus like a laser on this issue and pay no attention to frauds who try to convince you that your enemy are people who are struggling just like you.”

— Teodrose Fikre, “Forget Tribalism, Disavow Politics and Stand Up for Inclusive Justice” (on Truthdig)


“Some write their first draft and think whatever pours out of them in the first instance is Man Booker-worthy. If you can nail a first draft like that then I doff my cap to thee, but for the vast majority of us, editing is necessary. As Hemingway eloquently put it: ‘first drafts are shit.’ Before you get down to revising, though, there’s something you need to do: put your story away for a while.” 

— “7 Nifty Editing Tips

(All seven tips are well worth reading.)


George R.R. Martin

“You need to read everything. Read fiction, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers. Read history, historical fiction, biography. Read mystery novels, fantasy, SF, horror, mainstream, literary classics, erotica, adventure, satire. Every writer has something to teach you, for good or ill. (And yes, you can learn from bad books as well as good ones — what not to do).”

— quoted in “Inspirational writing quotes by 15 celebrated authors


(API) — The White House announced today that, following his prolonged search for legal representation, President Trump has retained as chief legal counsel veteran litigator Saul Goodman. Trump, after tweeting, “I hire nothing but the BEST people,” praised Goodman as “very incredible, very fantastic, a bigly talent and an amazing patriot. NO COLLUSION! JOBS!”

Republican commentators were quick to heap praise upon Trump, with Sean Hannity saying that this “bold choice” showed what “a different kind of president” Trump is, and that it exemplified his “out of the box thinking” — remarks almost identical to those Hannity made after Trump strangled a Miniature Schnauzer on Christmas Eve and sodomized it’s corpse on live national television.

Several Fox News pundits were equally effusive about Trump’s other new “out of the box” appointees: Gustavo Fring as DEA administrator;  Walter White as Science Adviser; Jesse Pinkman as National Institute of Health administrator; Skyler White as Treasury Secretary; Tuco Salamanca as Press Secretary; and an individual known only as “Todd” as Secretary of State.

Laura Ingraham enthused about Walter White’s appointment as Science Adviser, noting White’s extensive “hands on scientific expertise”; Neil Cavuto praised new DEA czar Fring’s  “executive experience,” and noted that Fring would conduct America’s drug policy “like a business”; and Tucker Carlson extolled Salamanca’s appointment as Press Secretary, saying that he “really knows how to deliver a message.”

The day’s only sour note was the refusal of security expert Michael Ehrmantraut to accept appointment as Homeland Security chief. While pointedly refusing to cite Trump by name, Ehrmantraut stated that while he had the “highest respect” for some of the new appointees, citing Fring’s “coolness” and “professionalism,” he refused to endanger the nation by taking orders from a “moron.” Following Erhmantraut’s refusal, Trump tweeted that “Mummified Mike” was “a LIAR! LIAR,” “really, really bad at his job,” and that he had “never offered it to him in the first place. NO COLLUSION! JOBS!”


Voltairine de Cleyre

 

“And now, what has Anarchism to say to all this, this bankruptcy of republicanism, this modern empire that has grown up on the ruins of our early freedom? We say this, that the sin our fathers sinned was that they did not trust liberty wholly. They thought it possible to compromise between liberty and government, believing the latter to be a ‘necessary evil,’ and the moment the compromise was made, the whole misbegotten monster of our present tyranny began to grow.”

–Voltairine de Cleyre, “Anarchism and American Traditions” (1908)