No, Kids, Life Is Not a ‘Journey’

Earlier this month, we pulled together the annual commencement speech issue of Vital Speeches of the Day.  Though I don’t love commencement speeches as much as the best commencement speech writer of …

A party foul, to say the least

There’s an unwritten tradition that the previous president doesn’t criticize the sitting president.  There’s an unnecessary tradition that the previous president’s speechwriters don’t critique the sitting president’s scribes. Unnecessary, because it always …

Make Speeches Boring Again

As some of us allow ourselves to imagine a time in the comprehensible future when we don’t feel like we’re hurtling through history backward, forward and sideways in a tumbling …

To a Writer Who Wants to Break Into Speechwriting

Speechwriting, now!

From a 2015 post on my personal blog, Writing Boots. —DM My pals were meeting me at the corner tavern in 15 minutes, when my wife came to me needing …

A hot take, four years old

Four years ago this week, I stood in a security line for an hour waiting to get out of the Quicken Loans Arena, after watching Donald Trump’s speech in acceptance …