"Nothing good gets away" is from John Steinbeck. It was in a lovely letter he wrote to his son about romance and relationships in 1958:

"And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away."

Isn't that nice?

I'm Josh Berthume, and I'm a writer who lived in Denton, Texas for 20 years before moving to Minneapolis in June 2022.

I'm a husband and a father. I work at Swash Labs, an advertising agency I founded in 2011. I've been in the creative / digital / communications business since 1998, which was exactly as long ago as it sounds.

The author, under stage lights, speaks into a microphone
Me reading a poem at Dan's Silverleaf

My writing has appeared in several publications, including The Experiment, Texas Observer, Texas Tribune, and The Fulcrum.

The most notable spinoff from my primary career is a branched adventure in political risk analysis and disinformation, which resulted in my role as a Truman Project National Security Fellow, my research work at Rogue Metrics, and a recent appearance on a panel on political disinformation at SXSW.

A long time ago, I wrote music. I still tend to think in those terms.