I am almost 3/4th the way though 'Brinkley's Beat'. The man is a damn good writter. His treatment of Theodore Bilbo is really excellent; his creative juices were really flowing. After reading this book, I will read more by David Brinkley. "Washington Goes to War" is said to be excellent, is his personal best seller, the book he took the most time with, and has interesting views on Dixiecrats like Theodore Bilbo.

Theodore Bilbo was a US senator from Mississippi during WWII who ran the committee which oversaw the District of Columbia. The man didn't exactly hide the fact that he was a rasist in fact, he was one of the most outrageous racists to ever serve as US senator. He made international new during wwii, the worst thing about NAZIs was that they declared war on the US according to Bilbo, and he was friend to all the major anti-semites in the media.
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Grammar studies still have my attention. Recently, I spend $132 on books and all were on on grammar, but for David Brinkley's book. I feel a new reading interst coming on. I want to read leading journalists writings. After I'm done with Brinkley, I will start anouther.
Who do you think merits my attention and why?
Which journalists do you hold to be best, or your favorite?

On my suggestion list are: Charles Karault, Mike Royko (wrote Boss), Arnie Pile.
John Freck
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I am almost 3/4th

of
the way though 'Brinkley's Beat'. The man is a damn good writter.

I believe Mr. Writter died of a heart attack a few months ago.
His treatment of Theodore Bilbo is really excellent;

I'm sure Mr. Bilbo is grateful for such excellent treatment. Or would be if he hadn't died decades ago. Mr. Brinkley is also dead. Do I detect a trend?
his creative juices were really flowing.

Block that metaphor.
After reading this book, I will read more by David Brinkley.

Be still, my heart.
"Washington Goes to War" is said to be excellent, is his personal best seller, the book he took the most ... he was one of the most outrageous racists to ever serve as US senator. He made international new during wwii,

International was old before then? And is wwii the same as WWII?
the worst thing about NAZIs was that they declared war on the US according to Bilbo, and he was friend to all the major anti-semites in the media.

Great run-on sentence, Freck.
Grammar studies still have my attention.

I hope they will survive it.
Recently, I spend $132 on books and all were on on grammar, but for David Brinkley's book. I feel a new reading interst coming on.

We are thrilled for you.
I want to read leading journalists writings.

Consider reading a book on punctuation first. Try the section on apostrophes.
After I'm done with Brinkley, I will start anouther.

Well, it beats never reading anything again. (I'll give you a pass on "anouther.")
Who do you think merits my attention and why?

A junior high school grammar teacher, for one. I should think the reason is obvious.
Which journalists do you hold to be best, or your favorite? On my suggestion list are: Charles Karault,

Oy!
Mike Royko (wrote Boss), Arnie

Oy.
Pile.

Oy!
Okay, Freck, if you've taken the battering and read to the end, here are a few recommendations (all serious): Anything by A.J. Liebling (no relation). Up in the Old Hotel* by Thomas Mitchell. Collections of writings on sports by Red Smith and Jim Murray. George Will on baseball. *The Unmaking of a Mayor by William F. Buckley, Jr. Biographies by Ben Bradlee and Katharine Graham. Anything by Murray Kempton.
When you've finished those, come on back and give us another posting to poke fun at.

Liebs
Your old buddy
I am almost 3/4th of the way though 'Brinkley's Beat'. The man is a damn good writer.

I believe Mr. Writer died of a heart attack a few months ago.

He died in June 2003. David Brinkely's style looks simple, is very easy to read, funny more often than sad, and is easy to follow. He can tell stories that are quite involved, that have complex angles, that have subtle cause and effect and relations; but he never fails to lead the reader or listen to better understanding. David Brinkley's chapter of 'Brinkley's Beat: The Mediterranean' is a case in point. Back years ago in the 1950s, Brinkley did short documentaries on various regoins and broadly discussed the present, the past, and the future outlook for a rapidly moderizing region.
His treatment of Theodore Bilbo is really excellent;

I'm sure Mr. Bilbo is grateful for such excellent treatment. Or would be if he hadn't died decades ago. Mr. Brinkley is also dead. Do I detect a trend?

You never fail to be funny. LOL. He he he...
his creative juices were really flowing.

Block that metaphor.

Do you always block words that can be sexually suggestive? Do you repress sexual thoughts a lot?
After reading this book, I will read more by David Brinkley.

Be still, my heart.

David Brinkley is a very good writer. His style is impressive. I will attempt an imprint.
"Washington Goes to War" is said to be excellent, is ... serve as US senator. He made international news during wwii,

International was old before then? And is wwii the same as WWII?

Writers who work for newspapers work under bosses who are called editor, and there is an editor called a proofeditor too. Do you know the typical job descriptions of each? Look, Robert, it is rude to poke fun at typos, minor and major misspellings, gramamatical mistakes, ect. The use.net is a chat environment, really just a slow old style internet bulletin board. Why don't you take it somewhere else? Don't you have places to find friends, to meet with friends, places to have fun to go? I really can't imagine "poking fun" at me can be such a good use of your time.
the worst thing about NAZIs was that they declared war ... he was friendto all the major anti-semites in the media.

Great run-on sentence, Freck.

You didn't understand it? It look a bit long, but it doesn't run on. The phrase 'according to Bilbo' could have been at the front part and not the back part of the clause.
Grammar studies still have my attention.

I hope they will survive it.

Recently, I spend $132 on books and all were on on grammar, but for David Brinkley's book. I feel a new reading interst coming on.

Barron's: The English You Need to Know
The Associated Press: Guide to News Writing
Alpha Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 Hours (many lessons that take about 1 hours to read and some more time to do exercises)
100 Ways to Improve Your WritingThe Oxford English Grammar
We are thrilled for you.

Why do you like to use 'We'? Are you a spokesperson for this NG? Do you have a sigificant other with who has your back?
I want to read leading journalists writings.

Consider reading a book on punctuation first. Try the section on apostrophes.

On the use.net apostrophes are substituted for italics. Italics, the use.net, not enabled.
Yoda had strange style.

People who deal the pug teens all day get to have something wrong with them.
They get crazy and quit, or become like the pug teens. You remind me of pug teens.
Middleschool teens are the worst school age group. Yet, taking a class would be a good idea.
I'm not in position to take classes now, but in time I will. One main interest is to finish a
geography degree at Florida Atlantic University with major course work in urban transportation.
I nearly finished a geography degree at the Univeristy of Maryland, Baltimore Campus a decade ago.
Other interests are math tutoring for algebra, trig, geometery, pre-calulus; digital photograph, and Photoshop,
Illustrator and Quark Express. Some sort of technical writing is a long term goal, but other occupations would be fun and might pay better. Wedding photograper on average pay is super compared to technical writer which has average professional pay. A technical writer might make between $30k-$90k, but a wedding photographer might make between $40k-$110k. The job I'm doing now pays well, but is stressful.

None of those personalities appeal to me.
When you've finished those, come on back and give us another posting to poke fun at.

I will finish up 'Brinley's Beat'. Then I will move on to 100 Ways to Imporve Your Writing, which will go fast, it is quite light. The Bedford Handbook, I just couldnt get into it.
You have always been asking, "Why, Freck, do you post?" or some such. Why do you think, I bother?
There is a real reason I've kept at posting to the use.net for the last 7 years, I bet you can' t guess?
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Grammar studies still have my attention. Recently, I spend $132 on books and all were on on grammar, but for David Brinkley's book.

Shirley, the man is a masochist.

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John Freck writes (copyedited):
He died in June 2003. David Brinkley's style looks simple, is very easy to read, funny more often than sad, ... have subtle cause and effect and relations; but he never fails to lead the reader or listener to better understanding..

Interesting, this use of the present tense. Not wrong, just interesting.
Mark Brader, Toronto > "One thing that surprises you about this business (Email Removed) > is the surprises." Tim Baker
Who do you think merits my attention and why? Which journalists do you hold to be best, or your favorite? On my suggestion list are: Charles Karault, Mike Royko (wrote Boss), Arnie Pile.

Add Alistair Cooke.

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John
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\>>> Which journalists do you hold to be best, or your favorite?
Oy! Oy. Oy! Okay, Freck, if you've taken the battering ... by Ben Bradlee and Katharine Graham. Anything by Murray Kempton.

None of those personalities appeal to me.

Ouch. How can you say these personalities don't appeal to you if you don't know them? If you can appreciate Mike Royko, you can certainly enjoy Jim Murray.
You have always been asking, "Why, Freck, do you post?" or some such. Why do you think, I bother? There is a real reason I've kept at posting to the use.net for the last 7 years, I bet you can' t guess?

It's my guess, after reading your posts, that you have a genuine interest in improving your English. Frankly, I don't think you have any flair in expressing yourself, but I can't help but admire your tenacity. It's rather like me and golf.
John Freck writes (copyedited):

He died in June 2003. David Brinkley's style looks simple, ... fails to lead the reader or listener to better understanding..

Interesting, this use of the present tense. Not wrong, just interesting.

I don't find it awkward. When a writer is described as a person writing a book, the present tense fits. When the writer is described as a person - and that person is dead - the past tense fits.

I don't think you can say "Shakespeare is a good writer", but I think you can say "Shakespeare is using the forest an analogy".
John Freck writes (copyedited):

He died in June 2003. David Brinkley's style looks simple, ... fails to lead the reader or listener to better understanding..

Interesting, this use of the present tense. Not wrong, just interesting.

Is this use related to the "police present"? Police spokesman at news conference: "The suspect enters the jewelry store, pulls out his gun, and demands the bling-bling. The proprietor removes his gun from under the display case and shoots the suspect in the head."

I actually think it is not. In Freck's usage, the present tense makes sense because even though Brinkley is dead, through his writing he can still currently capable of leading a reader. The police usage makes sense for another reason, perhaps as an imagined contemporaneous narration of the events as they unfolded.

I did search the AUE Google archive for discussions of the police present, and was surprised not to find anything. Maybe my search terms were not well-crafted.

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