Monday, July 24, 2006

Bring Lunch

My thanks to K.L. Snow ("Diary of a Political Madman") for the suggestion someone might actually want to read "Are TIFs 'Corporate Welfare'?" And for the good humor that I find so delightful among bloggers; in this case, "bring a lunch."

It reminds me of the woman who complained that men have only two requests of women: "Arrive naked" and "bring food."

Anyhow, here's what K.L. had to say:

Diary of a Political Madman

Saturday, July 22, 2006

TIF Tidbits to Transfer to Text

Nick Johnson of FromDC2Iowa is becoming the guy who consistently digs deeper into an issue than I would be able to on my own, and today is no exception.

Today, Nick writes about the more subtle features of TIF, or Tax Increment Financing, how it impacts developing businesses and why calling it anything but "corporate welfare" is a mistake.

Go read the whole thing, but pack a lunch and something to drink, cause it might take a while.


posted by KL Snow @ 2:15 PM

KL is right -- as well as funny. I'm used to speaking for entire semesters at a time, and can easily drift into writing the same way. Friends complain, both that I interview instead of converse, and that, when speaking, it is in entire paragraphs at a time, instead of sentences. I'm working on trying to develop the capacity for the written equivalent of sound bites that makes bloggers' writing so easy and fun to read. (How did I ever survive as a radio commentator?) But as you can tell from even this simple paragraph, it is going to take me awhile to get the technique polished.


John Neff said...

Barbara Tuchman had a sign on the wall in the room where she did her writing.
It said "Will the reader turn the page?"

For your auidence the question should be will the reader scroll down?

Nick said...

Point well taken, John. I don't know if Shakespeare had a relevant sign, but he did have a relevant line, in Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2, to which I might also pay heed: "Brevity is the soul of wit" -- a line rivaled in its brevity only by Ogden Nash's shortest poem: "Candy is dandy/But liquor is quicker." Meanwhile, I hope you will not only scroll down, but continue to raise up the quality of data and commentary on this blog.