Reform: "Always Be Closing"
Let this be a warning: My title for a recent blog post about the coming wave of school closures in Chicago was Always Be Closing. The entry discussed the Pew report on districts' closing efforts, and suggested some ways Chicago might avoid at least some of the problems and politics that have plagued closing efforts in Chicago and elsewhere. But it was the title of the blog post that got the most attention. I'd written it as a reference to the famous Alec Baldwin monologue in the movie version of Glengarry Glen Ross, but some readers took offense. It took me a few minutes to figure out what the issue was, but then I realized that if you didn't know the movie (and didn't know me) you might think I was making fun of the way some people talk. Of course, this happens all the time -- misunderstandings, missed cultural references, assumptions, etc. I'm sure you've got better examples.