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Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling

Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling

Nobody I know is funnier, smarter, or has a wider breadth of references than my friend Jonathan Shapiro. This book is a bit of a miracle: informative, insightful, poetic, and funny. —Paul Reiser, comedian, actor, and bestselling author Using famous real-life court transcripts, television scripts, and story after story, Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling shows the reader how to get their message across and the result they want using the time-tested elements and basic structure of great stories. Part how-to manual, part memoir, always entertaining and never lecture, this book provides storytelling lessons gleaned from years of trial practice and television writing, wrapped in—what else?—great stories.

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Tag: Middle

Lou Dobbs

CNN’s Working Class Hero

Lou Dobbs on ‘the Daily Show’ calls for a return to progressive values: “Why don’t we take on the concept that’s held the country in pretty good stead for 200 years and return to a national vision of shared burdens, shared responsibilities and shared sacrifice.”

Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE

Middle East map

Maps of War

This nifty animation shows the myriad empires that have controlled the cradle of civilization over the centuries—and reminds us there’s nothing necessarily permanent about Iraq’s present cobbled-together status.

Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE

Jon Stewart interviews Vali Nasr

Jon Stewart’s Plan for Peace in the Middle East

During an interview with Vali Nasr on Tuesday, “The Daily Show” host grew frustrated with the increasing violence in the Middle East and offered his own plan for peace in the region.

Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE

Middle East graphic
From ThinkProgress

Chris Matthews: We Created ‘Frankenstein’ Shiite Monster in Mideast

Chris Matthews said at the conclusion of his Sunday morning talk show: “Our brave soldiers have fought, died and been dismembered in Iraq only to connect the disparate pieces of Shia radicalism into a Frankenstein monster that has come to life right there on our TV screens.”

Posted on Jul 30, 2006 READ MORE

Welcome to the New Middle East Paradigm

If you’re feeling confused about the significance, roots and ramifications of the violence now racking the Middle East, read this brief, piercing essay by NYU professor Noah Feldman.

Posted on Jul 30, 2006 READ MORE

Stephen Colbert

Colbert: Mideast Goes ?Democrazy?

Linguists beware; Stephen Colbert has invented a new word: “democrazy.”  As the host explains, ?there was a time when I thought the key to Middle East peace was representative government, but then democracy gives us a prime minister who sides with Hezbollah, an Iranian president who wants to go nuclear, and a Palestinian government controlled by Hamas.  So, now, I?m thinking maybe we did the wrong thing.?

Posted on Jul 27, 2006 READ MORE

Marie Cocco: The Meltdown We’re Not Supposed to Talk About

The American middle class is in a free fall. But if Congress and the White House were to acknowledge the problem, then they might have to do something about it.

Posted on Jul 26, 2006 READ MORE

Blogging the Middle East Conflict

Both Wired News and have featured excellent links to blogs from Lebanon and Israel. Check out a collection of links to blogs from both sides of the border.

  • Mazen Kerbaj comicblogging from Lebanon
  • Melly blogging from northern Israel
  • Mana: Manamania blog from Beirut
  • More links on the story pages (Wired, BB)

  • Posted on Jul 21, 2006 READ MORE

    Israeli Soldiers Near Lebanese Border

    Israel Will Call Reservists for Possible Expansion of Ground Ops

    Reservists called for duty will most likely be sent to Gaza in order to free soldiers in compulsory service for deployment in Lebanon. This is definitely not a good sign of things to come. Hezbollah continued to fire Katyusha rockets while Israel rained down missiles on cities in southern Lebanon. 

    Posted on Jul 21, 2006 READ MORE

    Lebanon Bombed
    AP / Ben Curtis

    Chris Hedges: Mutually Assured Destruction in the Middle East

    The former Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times and author of the bestseller “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” argues in this Truthdig column that the bloodshed now engulfing Lebanon and Israel will only worsen as long as extremists on both sides continue to indulge in “collective necrophilia.”

    Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE

    Iraqi family
    From Christoph Bangert / Polaris, for The New York Times

    As Death Stalks Iraq, Middle-Class Exodus Grows

    In the last 10 months, as the violence has continued unabated, Iraq has issued new passports to 1.85 million Iraqis, 7% of the population and a quarter of the country’s middle class.

    Posted on May 18, 2006 READ MORE

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