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Today Buttons (KFS) illustrates the problem I have with podcasts. Not that they’re exactly a collection of burps and farts, but they tend to be about as rigorous in how they’re set up and planned.

There’s already a certain amount of ego involved in thinking that people want to know what you’re thinking, and, yes, that includes what I do every morning, as well as writing newspaper columns, novels, poetry, etc. But these things do take some planning and preparation: the CSotD you read in 10 minutes takes about four hours from start to finish, and, unlike syndicated columnists, I don’t have to consult with editors, which would only add to the effort.

Verbal commentary is no less demanding: the best investigators, like Terry Gross and Jon Stewart, clearly prepared for their seemingly casual conversations, and Johnny Carson was legendary for the way he demanded everything be pre-planned and aligned.

Asking people to listen to you and your yak buddies for 45 minutes is a lot to ask. The least you can do is delete the first 15 minutes of random “What I did this weekend” warm-up chatter.

Even if you don’t edit the directionless wanderings in the remaining half hour, which few podcasts do.

I guess a tight 45 minute radio interview is probably cut from a 90 minute conversation, and I’m as impressed with the Fresh Air production team’s ability to turn Terry Gross interviews into 24 hours as I am with her. own talent.

Most podcasts, by dismal contrast, remind me by Richard Brinsley Sheridan Evaluation:

You write with ease to show your breeding,
But the easy writing is the hardest reading.

Now, as long as I flex my Grumpy Old Man muscles…

juxtaposition of the day

(Dark side of the horse – AMS)

(Pearls Before Pork – AMS)

(Sam Hurt – The New Yorker)

Again, this may be a personal thing. I prefer to work alone, in silence, and it took me a while to get used to the bustle and chatter of a newsroom, so I find it hard to understand why anyone would choose to bring his work to a coffeeshop.

That’s aside from being a starving artist while drinking $5 coffees.

I knew a guy who, in love with Hemingway, moved to Paris, rented a small apartment and discovered that he couldn’t write. I managed to fail as a novelist without having to get a passport or buy a plane ticket, just sitting at a cheap desk in the unfinished furniture store, drinking my own coffee.

To learn more, try Maugham’s “Of Human Slavery” which talks about young people who go to Paris to become great artists. Among other things.

Speaking of budding artists, Bizarro (KFS) took a pretty good shot at Roy Lichtenstein, who made a very successful career copying the work of others. Not everyone whose work he “adapted” was amusedand one guy even did considerable effort to find the stolen work and connect it.

Russ Heath’s friends haven’t forgottenespecially since Heath ended up living a very difficult life after his days in the comic book business.

Crowden Satz recalls the theme of the “silent stop”, that we walked a few days ago.

This cartoon not only brought the subject back on the agenda, but reminded me that I was sitting in a department head meeting as an editor. The editor said we need to generate more stories, and then, on another topic, we need to reduce overtime.

There was a brief pause as he went off to get something, and I casually observed, “If we’re asking journalists to do more work without asking for overtime, isn’t that a bit like telling them to tamper with their scorecards? »

There was a horrified cry around the table and the broadcast director said I shouldn’t have said that. He didn’t say I was wrong, mind you, just that it wasn’t something anyone should say.

However, at another newspaper where I was just a reporter, a relatively new reporter was assigned to do a book review, which she did. And then she spent time reading it, which was a big chunk of change.

She had every right to do so, given that she had been told to read the book. And, certainly, if she had been sent to see a play or review an exhibit at an art museum, no one would have questioned her tracking of her time.

But this was uncharted territory and we were all quietly delighted. They had to pay him overtime, but that was the last book he was asked to revise.

Once I became editor, of course, I was salaried, at that time OT stands for “own time”, and no one ever ordered me to put a limit on that.

As Jonesy suggests, it wouldn’t be fair to require the property to participate to recognize the extra effort.

Baby Blues (AMS) explores a different kind of time management and brought back the days when I had a son in half-day preschool and another who was a little baby.

Grocery day comes down to a precise science: drop the eldest off at kindergarten, then go to the store and fill the cart while the baby was in a good mood, come home and refrigerate what needed to go, then go back and get the eldest up and hope baby doesn’t start the “I need a nap” panic before it’s all over.

I liked to fit all the pieces, but I had one major advantage: when mom came home, she rushed to take care of the children’s things while I cooked dinner, and I was in leave until bedtime, when I became the storyteller, puppeteer and singer. of songs, which was a pure pleasure.

She also took care of breakfast and getting the kids dressed in the morning, as I was zoned out to sit and write until the early hours.

Parenting is one of those jobs you probably shouldn’t apply for if you’re not in customer service.

Finally, if you follow the Dysfunctional Parenting story on Vintage Judge Parker (KFS)you will find the missing bands here.

On accounta, we are always ready!

Well, almost always.

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