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Activist fatigue and blog blues.
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 Shanghai Lady

When I first started this blog, I was warned it would be hard. Near impossible to come up with new topics or sustain reader attention, let alone say something relevant. 

Blogging is hard but only in the sense that all writing is a challenge. Good writing should seem effortless to the reader, like stumbling across a treasure in the unlikeliest of places. Like this essay by Marianne Boruch entitled "Oh" about a salt shaker in the shape of a tiny rocking chair.

"The old lady puts my rocker in a small plastic sack logoed for another store: Marty’s Sweet Shop & More. That simple act of recycling—repurposing, I’m told now—is heroic, environmentally aware. But I wonder all the way to the car what the “& More” might mean, what was involved even in the choice of a purplesack, a color remote and outrageous, found in the sea before clocks were invented, a substance in snails laid out in the sun to deepen over time to shades richer, taken by caravan or bandits to Venice and Toulouse where the great dyers of the Old World waited with their blue hands."

This week's blog post was not only hard to write, it was scary to publish. I felt that same tightening in my throat that I got as a lawyer whenever I thought I had made a mistake. I don't worry now whether I'm wrong (this is opinion after all) but about the consequences of speaking out. Activism apparently doesn't come naturally to me. But here it is anyway: The Five Stages of Trump.

You can find this article on Medium, too, where it may or may not get picked up by Lawyers for Good Government. We'll see. In the meantime, here's a book review called Kaleidoscope that I wrote today. 

Fear of Failure
Qipao
Fish
California Dreaming
Show Don’t Tell


 
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