Friday, September 11, 2009
A gem of writing in a film review
Hey, screenwriters — all four of you: Did you skip the first day of writing class, the one where they write on the blackboard, “Show, don’t tell”? If I’d wanted weather on the ones, I would have stayed home and watched Pat Kiernan.It's called exposition, and you've got to get it right.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:27 PM Permalink
Stone altar crushes man in Austrian parish: Catholic Culture
An Austrian man who prayed for deliverance when he was trapped in an elevator, and then went to a Viennese parish to thank God after his prayer was answered, was crushed to death when a stone altar fell on him. “He seems to have embraced a stone pillar on which the stone altar was perched and it fell on him, killing him instantly,” said a police spokesman.God had second thoughts.
It's real but it reads like a rejected Twilight Zone script.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:34 PM Permalink
Observing the President as a former high-school orator
Obama 9/11 speeches today seemed passionless and bland. He used none, zero, of his rhetorical skills in his first of 4 (or 8) anniversaries of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan and the United States.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 8:02 PM Permalink
A very strange debate, indeed
In 40 years of paying attention to politics (I'm 55 by the way), I've never seen this obsession with the debaters and the meta-debate, as opposed to just talking about the issues:
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 7:55 PM Permalink