The Gettysburg bullets

In her very funny book about a speechwriter’s lot, What I Saw at the Revolution, Peggy Noonan reconstructs what Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address might have looked like if it had to go through a modern-day vetting process. Look it up; it’s hysterical.

I thought for sure by now someone would have bullet-pointed the speech. I found this PowerPoint deck by Peter Norvig—some bullets in there. I hate PowerPoints almost as much as I hate bullets.

Here’s Norvig’s summary slide, for those of you who don’t click on links (spouse, WTF?) But, really, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen “four score and seven years ago” rendered as a bar chart.

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