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The Statistical Anomaly —

“Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.’” — Mark Twain* Many years ago, I was helping a client prepare a report on primary […]

Death of Blogging Watch, Part 215 —

So Andrew Sullivan is quitting blogging, and the blogosphere commences its latest round of hand wringing and wailing and gnashing of teeth. The annual preemptive mourning for blogging’s shedding of its mortal coil has now become such a ritual that the commentary itself has reached its own critical mass of self-referential, ironic meta-awareness. “This isn’t […]

Why It Matters —

Because this is what a man looks like. Because of all the other images of men we see on TV and read about online — men who abuse women, who objectify them, who hound them out of the clubhouse for daring to show that they can play too. Men who feel that they have to […]

Confessions of a David Ogilvy Fan —

I was fortunate to have grown up in an era when the Ogilvy & Mather style of copywriting was at its peak. You know the style: a fearless amount of white space, a bold headline in an ever-so-mildly self-deprecating font, and dense but frictionless copy conveying a sense of — how do you describe it? […]

The Society of Editors Who Don’t Get Worked Up Over Typos —

There’s a lot of stuff floating around Facebook of late dealing with typos of all kinds: cute homework misspellings, SMS autocorrections, misspelled graffiti, flubbed tattoos, missing or rearranged lettering on signs, blown cake inscriptions, and so on ad nauseam — and now, “Weird Al” Yankovic’s viral hit video “Word Crimes.” And since I am an […]

The 2014 Maryland Writers’ Conference —

Meet the reason I haven’t posted here in forever. If you’re a writer in or around Maryland, you’ll want to attend this conference in April. We’ve got some great speakers and sessions lined up. And if you’d like to help us promote the conference, feel free to share this link to the conference homepage. You […]