Fair and Balanced

Tocqueville wrote of his own journalism: ‘I never gave in to the temptation to tailor facts to ideas rather than to adapt ideas to facts.’ Nice, huh? Wish I could say that myself, but truth is I don’t know very many of us who really can. Sad, huh? (for the quote and a darn good … More Fair and Balanced

A Dog Story

One May night in 2003 the Today Show sent me to a veterinarian‘s office in Clear Lake to deal with a dog. Dosha, the rasputin dog. Dosha had escaped from her yard, been hit by a truck, shot (that is, put down) by a cop, put in the animal morgue and left for dead. (Her … More A Dog Story

Airplane Noise

Virtually all World War II film was shot silent, MOS is the insider term. So when you watch movies of dogfights and so forth, the burning plane trailing smoke heading for earth, the whining sound is faked. Sweetened is the insider term. I owe this wisdom to Chris Koch and don’t think about this much. … More Airplane Noise

Law and Order

There was loud shouting and banging from the stairway inside. On the 2nd floor balcony of the apartment building a man and an elderly couple stood, she crying, the young man — her son, it turned out — talking almost continuously to the people, including half a dozen police officers, below. This is in Banja … More Law and Order