This clip is billed as advice on how to write a story, but I think it’s better described as setting out a good short story’s characteristics.
A British professor joins those who complain that, instead of fixing broken appliances, we tend to throw them out and buy new. This gripe is a pet peeve of mine. We tend to throw things away instead of fixing them because labor is relatively expensive in comparison to most tangible things. That is a symptom of a prosperous society. To wish that we would fix more things is, in effect, to wish that we were poorer. The Cubans are really good at fixing things and making do. Few of us would choose to live there.
During the study, scientists discovered that xanthohumol, a type of flavonoid found in beer, seemed to improve brain function in the young mice given xanthohumol doses. The cognitive flexibility of the mice was tested with a specially designed maze, and younger mice showed signs of intellectual improvement. Older mice showed no improvements. Researchers believe xanthohumol and other flavonoids, such as those found in red wine, blueberries and dark chocolate, may play a role in helping a person form memories.
So when we were young and, over pitchers of beer, earnestly tried to come up with solutions to the world’s problems, maybe we were on to something. Maybe not.
Yes, really. It contributes to making the crust flaky. And the alcohol cooks off.
I don’t follow Hollywood or celebrity culture, so I must confess I never heard of John Milius before I read the linked article. But I’ve heard of many of his movies and seen a number of them. And now that I’ve read the article, I think I’ve missed something. He’s an interesting figure and wrote the scripts for Dirty Harry, Jaws, Apocalypse Now, Jeremiah Johnson, and The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean. To give the flavor of the linked article, I offer this anecdote from the beginning of his career:
The B-movie studio American International Pictures hired Miliius as a writer. His first script was a remake of the Dirty Dozen called The Devil’s Eight (1969)—eight, because AIP couldn’t afford 12 actors. Next George Hamilton asked him to script a biopic of daredevil Evel Kenievel (1971). The subject of compensation arose. What do you want? Hamilton asked. Milius answered: “I want girls, gold, and guns.”
I’ve previously posted about the whistle blower case filed against the Collin County Community College District. Earlier this month, the Dallas court ruled that venue should be transferred to Collin County. It’s an understandable ruling, but the plaintiffs risk a good-old-boys club in Collin County. The plea to the jurisdiction (CCCD’s argument that it is immune from suit) will be ruled on by the Collin County District Court.