Brief mention: writing between the lines 8/30/12

From the Economist, “Up to a point, Lord Copper”, about the press in Myanmar, 8/25, p. 32:

To get around this system [of press censorship by the military dictatorship], Mr Soe Thein, like other journamists, finessed the art of “writing between the lines”. He would fox the censors by using metaphors, literary allusions and historical comparisons to disguise commentaries on political events, hoping that his readers would understand the references better.

A strategy of indirection used by speakers about political events probably since people first started talking about them. Always chancy, of course.


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