Commercial: Don't cut public spending!
Not least because it means that the sibling with all the talent in my family, Uberpup, won't get the chance to do ace murals like this for Braintree Community Hospital. More at her site.
Exercises in the higher banter with One of 26. Elsewhere called 'poet of adland'. By a whipple-squeezer. Find out why being beta is the new alpha: betarish at googlemail dot com
To draw your attention to the work being done by Nico Macdonald and Alan Patrick of Broadsight amongst others in suggesting that, considering the - how shall we say - somewhat *big* nature of the challenges, getting better at innovating our way out of the holes we are in is important.
01 Think Big - The full entry of China and India into the world economy doesn’t just mean billions more consumers aspiring to Western lifestyles. It also means that the world can benefit from billions of innovating brains. It’s a moment to broaden horizons, expect much more, and expand every kind of ambition.
One thing struck me after seeing Laura Wade's Posh at the Royal Court on Saturday (and you must see it, not least for the genius moment when our upper class break out into an a capella version Wiley's 'Wearing My Rolex'). For all the talk within the play about the blue bloods reclaiming what's theirs, in terms of power and status, they are trapped in a cultural milieu not of their making, and one that they'd be highly unlikely to break out of.
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came to a close this weekend. To say it has been a bit of a marathon is to underestimate it, perhaps.
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So, to the Purcell Room, for a robust conversation between Margaret Busby, James Kelman and Olive Senior (chaired by Maya Jaggi) about the battle - and I think it's fair to say that all thought that was (and is) a battle - to open up English to other identities.
At the National Theatre last night, David Hare was in suitably ruminative, combative form - he did wonder why no British theatre fancied reviving The Absence of War a few weeks before an election.
In this election, the words are dull because the thoughts are small.
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the recent rule change.
Modish NYC literary journal n+1 have performed a most valuable service: constructing various indexes to the 9/11 Commission Report. It is at points a work of bold and vigorous satire, a hallucination, and a treatise on the construction of knowledge.
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As pointed out on Today this morning, Cam Cam's invocation of the 'great ignored' recalls another rhetorical trope of right-of-centre heavyweight politician: Richard Nixon's 'silent majority'.
From the New York Times, on the even greater role that product placement is playing in the financing of films and TV programmes. The eye-popping thing is the contortions writers are having to go through:
While Mr. Yospe often writes dialogue, in the meeting with Mr. Orci, he was suggesting types of advertisers to include. (Mr. Orci’s father, Roberto Orci, who is president of the advertising agency Acento, and his staff joined the meeting to discuss how brands might help market the movie.)
“You’ve written Gray has a Dodge Ram,” Mr. Yospe began, discussing a character. “Does it have to be a Dodge?’
“What’s wrong with Dodge? What have you got against Dodge?” said Mr. Orci, a soft-spoken 36-year-old.
The group began debating. In the script, Gray is described as “soldier-fit” but with “psychic damage.” Could someone like that drive, say, a Lincoln Navigator?
“That’s a mom’s car,” moaned Genesis Capunitan, an Acento executive.
It was about then that she knew there would be an end.
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From the very, very, very good book Rework by the chaps at 37signals:
If you are trying to decide among a few people to fill a position, hire the best writer. It doesn't matter if that person is a marketer, salesperson, designer, programmer, or whatever; their writing skills will pay off.
That's because being a good writer is about more than writing. Clear writing is a sign of clear thinking. Great writers know how to communicate. They make things easy to understand. They can put themselves in someone else's shoes. They know what to omit. And those are qualities you want in any candidate.
Writing is making a comeback all over our society. Look at how much people e-mail and text-message now rather than talk on the phone. Look at how much communication happens via instant messaging and blogging. Writing is today's currency for good ideas.