.musecast Episode 12: Reading Confessions

I’ve made oblique references to book series outside of my normal reading preferences in my Twitter these past few months. I figured it was time to come out with what those series were, what I got out of them, and my problems with them. The things I do to help me market my novel … [Season 1 of the .musecast is currently offline due to blip.tv shutting down. Episodes will be reposted when circumstances permit me to do so. – Sean] Link list for Episode…

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Murdering a Dying Wish

Mike DeWine promises to “lead the fight” against dying man’s last wish (Plunderbund.com) Most (okay, all) of the time it feels like there’s too much demonization in politics. Portraying your opponents as not just incorrect or misguided, butĀ evil, can be a good way to gin up support in your base and raise money and make headlines, but it’s usually harmful to public discourse and efforts to find actual solutions to problems. There’s a very large part of the public that’s susceptible to this kind of…

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A Most Dangerous Game

Mike Lee: Republicans Will Shut Down Government To Block Obamacare (Huffington Post) I usually don’t get too in-depth with the taxonomies of rhetoric with my students — unless you’re going to study rhetoric professionally, it’s really of little use — but I try to make a point of mentioning the problems with what are known as “arguments of definition.” That’s an argument where the parties involved cannot even agree just what is being argued about. I usually mention this in reference to debates about abortion;…

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No Justice

I was about to start recording audio for a new .musecast last night when the first tweets about George Zimmerman being found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin hit my timeline. It was in the wake of my first real interest in politics — the 2 Live Crew obscenity trials — that I witnessed the nationwide riots in 1992 after the first criminal trial of the police officers who beat Rodney King resulted in acquittals. I was too young to really appreciate the…

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Spitzer? I Hardly Even Knew Her!

Spitzer, Weiner hoping for forgiveness, perhaps Sanford-style comeback (AP via Yahoo! News) Smerconish: We should legalize prostitution (MSNBC) I often joke that I don’t have to worry about marketingĀ The Prostitutes of Lake Wobegon as a topical book; as long as we have male politicians, some scandal involving prostitution is sure to be in the news. That said, the phenomenon of sex scandal-disgraced politicians re-entering public service, while not new (just look up Jerry Springer’s pre-television political career — yes, I said Jerry Springer), seems to…

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