Tell all the truth but tell it slant

Scanning tweets from the current Institute of Medicine event (#iomPwP) brought a poem to mind:

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant —

Success in Circuit lies

Too bright for our infirm Delight

The Truth’s superb surprise


As Lightning to the Children eased

With explanation kind

The Truth must dazzle gradually

Or every man be blind —

Emily Dickinson (#1263)

If I can’t be there, I want people to not only report what speakers say, what audience members ask, but what they (the correspondent) thinks. One reason I follow Dave Clifford is that he seems to regard these events out of the corner of his eye and he tweets like he’s whispering (sometimes wicked) asides to a friend.