Here’s a shortcut to my brand-spankin’-new author page on Amazon.

They don’t let just anyone have these, you know.

Well, OK, so pretty much anyone can have one, but still…


That string of letters (I hesitate to use the word “word” here) turned up in this otherwise sort of interesting piece about sports “journalism” and the teaching thereof.

I don’t know much about this Bill Simmons guy except that there are a gazillion articles and blog posts about his departure from ESPN clogging up news feeds throughout the civilized world right now.

Based on what I’ve read, though, I’m not sure I would call him a journalist.

Feel free to agree or disagree.

In hindsight, I see that I should have said “underinflated” rather than “overinflated” in my February 1 post.

Surely there is real news out there somewhere.

Move on, people.


via My mother’s son or brother? — Medium.

These paragraphs are much older now than when they were written, as are we all, but they have been on my mind this Mother’s Day season much more than the ones that have passed between then and now. I feel compelled to share again…

You’re a good reporter, but I think you’re also human. Those don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

Until the situation presented itself and he was talking to a character from The Des Moines Register, I did not know that my fictional cop — Detective Edward Shaw (“Red” to his close friends) — took such a dim view of newspaper reporters.

That attitude certainly doesn’t come from yours truly, B.A. Journalism, University of Iowa. I was, after all, a reporter and copy editor for The Daily Iowan, and a reporter for The Ottumwa Courier and The Clinton Herald, where I occasionally covered the police and courthouse beats. Mrs. Smith also was a reporter and editor in Cedar Rapids after I crossed to the dark side, into public relations and beyond.

Shaw’s comment doesn’t reflect my own opinion of reporters, at least not the many good ones I’ve known and respected. He must have had some bad interactions with the media before I created him from nothing.

I’m curious as hell to know what he’ll say in the next book.

Des Moines Police Department and river bridge

Des Moines Police Department and river bridge


Terrifying is right…

Originally posted on Verde:

I always get a bit confused when I seeliberals in the media being flabbergasted by how people like Scott Walker, Sam Brownback, Bobby Jindaland other Republican governors can decimate their state’s social services and infrastructure and still claim that everything is going well. By any reasonable measure of economic and social well-being, their states are disasters–anemic job growth, large deficits, large numbers of uninsured, etc. What such astonishment ignores, however, is the fact these guys are not getting elected in order to make sure that their states have goodschools,decenthealth care systems and generally humane social services. They may pay lip service to such things, but what they are really setting out to do is to fundamentally transform the relationship between citizens and the state. That’s why this awful story out of Louisiana isn’t really that surprising if you think about the aims of the modern Republican party the right way…

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