I've been absent for a while, and that's partly because I haven't quite known what to say.
It has felt a bit absurd to talk about the art of rhetoric as Donald Trump is elected to represent the US Republican Party.
I've been doing a great deal of soul-searching about the nature of rhetoric, the importance of free speech, and the possibilities for a vita activa in the modern era. Things to say, but only when the thinking is a little more advanced.
In the meantime, I am sharing with you a talk I was lucky enough to give at the Sydney Writers Festival in May. It's called, The Aaron Sorkin effect, and it's about Aaron Sorkin's role in reinvigorating speech-making; reminding us what great speeches are all about; and setting a standard that we should expect our leaders to aspire to.
I'd love to hear what you think.