Hyperbole

May 24, 2016 — I spent Christmas 1990 in Ho Chi Minh City. One of the trip’s highlights was an afternoon at what was then known as The Museum of Imperialist Aggressive American War Crimes, which also cataloged the Vietnamese experience under the French. It’s now known as the War Remnants Museum The museum was, […]

Media matters

In a recent interview with Germany’s Welt Am Sonntag newspaper, singer Bryan Ferry praised the Nazis’ iconography saying, “The way that the Nazis staged themselves and presented themselves, my Lord! I’m talking about the films of Leni Riefenstahl and the buildings of Albert Speer and the mass marches and the flags — just fantastic. Really […]

Marketing conundrum

December 20, 2006 — Over $100 million in new product has been damaged in transit between your factory and dealer network. The shipment is insured, but what do you do with the salvaged goods, some of which appear undamaged? If you’re Mazda and the product is 4,700 new vehicles that were stranded for months on […]

A Writer’s Reference Shelf

August 30, 2006 — With the wealth of information (and misinformation) available on-line, a reliable library is essential. Here’s an “reference shelf” of dictionaries, style guides and other books—for both British and American English—that will add polish and precision to your writing. Dictionaries The Oxford Dictionary of English, Oxford University Press, 2005, ISBN 0198610572. British […]