Further Notice

I used to read the news headlines for fodder, though not anymore. Politics and commerce—mostly the same thing—are easy a rosesubjects in that I have plenty to say about what’s going on. When I write about easy targets, though, I end up thinking about them as targets, and I no longer think constant attack is helpful to me or the things I care about. Janice was never comfortable with my political writing, and I’ve come to understand why. In desperation I can fall into my old habits and whip out a rant that’ll fill my box on the back page, but when I do, although I can make me laugh—which is always satisfying—it feels like cheating and a waste of time.

—Anthony Peyton Porter


6 Responses to “Further Notice”

  1. 1 nancy a March 16, 2013 at 5:26 am


  2. 2 Miep O'Brien March 16, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I guess the purpose of ranting is to demonstrate that one has not become totally inured to whatever horrors the PTB are currently up to. To be silent is to be complicit.

    At the same time, I often think that action is the answer to everything. Writing is so hopelessly introspective.

  3. 3 Miep O'Brien March 17, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Read today on Wikipedia that Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson married five years ago. I don’t have much of anything to say about that, other than, “well, how ’bout that?”

  4. 4 Mike Lambert March 21, 2013 at 4:42 am

    I just this week was discussing rant, and it’s overuse.Well maybe not overuse as folks do go on,but it’s use as broad brush to deflect someone else’s views because you haven’t a clue as to what they are talking about but you know it’s important and feel bad you well , again,have no clue.
    So,the other guy is ,ranting. Remember Rummys ” unknown unknowns”

  5. 6 Mike Lambert March 21, 2013 at 4:44 am

    I saw Lou once in a very small venue in Chicago,this news of his marriage now 5 years on is very interesting.

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