The monetary value of a human body is estimated at anywhere between $4.50 and $488,000. That means the price elasticity of demand (or PED) is considerable. But humans pale in comparison to the PED of words, the digital age’s Weimar currency. It’s unfathomable the amount of writing available to anyone at any time. And yet in this new era of “fake news,” the values assessed are skewed to high heaven.
Chekhov said that civilized people “fear lies as they fear fire.” I want to believe that’s still true. These essays on writing and public speaking address the words that matter.