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On Bullshit: Liars and Storytellers

On Bullshit: Liars and Storytellers

On Bullshit and On Truth I had long visualized the lexicon landscape between The Truth and The Lie as a continuum along which lay a rich and varied vocabulary––deception, denial, camouflage, working truth, baloney, etc––with full equivalents in every language on the...

Lying: Sissela Bok

Lying: Sissela Bok

Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life (Sissela Bok) deeply informs  Liars and Storytellers. I have carried a copy in backpack and briefcase for decades,  reading it cursorily now and then, edition after edition disintegrating from disuse,  always children,...

On Truth: Harry Frankfurt

On Truth: Harry Frankfurt

Why am I doing this? I’ve lied and the shame burns to this day.  Someone I’ve trusted lied to me; the injury heals as slowly as a gunshot wound. I’ve watched a grand deception unfold, its objective the death of millions, and contributed my share to its discovery and...

The Name of Things

The Name of Things

  A childhood friend on Facebook recently called me a Republican.  On our playground sixty years ago, I would have pushed her into a snow bank. I was a 'bully' (as the girls daily named me).  But Republican?  She lives a thousand miles away. The grade school...

Liars and Storytellers (4): Reason to Believe

Liars and Storytellers (4): Reason to Believe

If I listened long enough to you I'd find a way to believe that it's all true Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried Still I look to find a reason to believe Reason to Believe, Lyrics by Tim Hardin, 1965 'Everyone has their own reality,' she asserts with a...

Liars & Storytellers (3) (Background)

Liars & Storytellers (3) (Background)

"Life's becoming better, sweeter," the poster announces.  Deception begins with truth, however thin,  The Great Famine, 1931-32, witnessed 6-8 million Soviet deaths by starvation. Indeed, in 1934, when this poster appeared, life had gotten better. The dead were dead;...

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