“The truth’s superb surprise,” wrote poet Emily Dickinson, may be “too bright for our infirm delight.” Sometimes we’ve got to be careful about articulating what’s really going on. “The truth must dazzle gradually,” she wrote. If it hits us too fast and hard, it may be difficult to digest. So did Emily suggest we should lie and deceive? No. “Tell all the truth,” she declared, “but tell it slant.” This is terrific advice for the days ahead.