From William White’s book Citadel: The Story of the U.S. Senate written in 1956:
Would it really be wise to alter the Senate rules so that a simple majority could halt a filibuster by voting cloture, instead of a two thirds majority of all Senators, or sixty-four, as at present? It is a rhetorical question in one sense, and an academic one in another: The Senate, depend upon it, will make no such alteration.
The Senate did make an alteration but not much of one. The filibuster challenge has been with us for a while.
Bob Dylan: Oh, well, you see right there now, right there we have a little disagreement. I happen to be as good as him…a good singer, have to listen closely…but I hit all the notes and can hold my breath three times as long if I have to.
Time magazine has printed a couple of pictures from Barack Obama’s prom night. Along with the great photographs of a future president looking very fine in a white jacket, the post includes a yearbook inscription where the president not only shows incipient smooth jazz DJ tendencies, but most impressively deploys a semicolon.
Read the full note, with extra foxy in the original form here.
I don’t have one writing process. I have several. I have been writing with purpose for almost 30 years. I hope one day I figure out how to do it. This is what a recent process looked like for one of my daily stories:
I mapped out the ideas on a large piece of art paper, choosing whatever color seemed right. Then I wrote a quick half outline of how those ideas would flow. Then I started writing on white paper with a pencil. I wrote from top to bottom. If I had a thought that I knew would come later, I started a new sheet, captured it and returned to what I was writing. I then dictated the 12 handwritten pages into my computer using Dragon. I edited as I read out loud. Then I printed it and did a pretty serious edit on the paper, before sending it to my editor.
I have no idea if this helped. It did feel more systematic than my normal routine which is to write an outline, get halfway through and then just start writing.