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: 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

  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...
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....
Liars and Storytellers: The Project

Liars and Storytellers: The Project

Liars and Storytellers is a non-fiction book project, which examines…here we go… liars and storytellers. I know a great deal about them. Our generation as did our brothers’, uncles’ and fathers’ generations fought those who in the name of socialism...

Nobel Lies: Deception and working truth (5)

Noble lie, big lie and the ’cause’ P.T. Barnum, were he our contemporary, might now say, There’s a true believer born every minute. Nice people these true believers, our cousins, brothers, friends (plus that one gazing back at you from the mirror),...