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By substitute on November 3, 2015
Trying to work more on the bits about the people testing strange things in the desert. I like these people and want to get to know them better, but they’re crude right now. Maybe I need them to talk less, but the exposition voice feels too loud also. The solution of course is just to […]
By substitute on December 23, 2012
From E.B. White, 1952, in The New Yorker. From this high midtown hall, undecked with boughs, unfortified with mistletoe, we send forth our tinselled greetings as of old, to friends, to readers, to strangers of many conditions in many places. Merry Christmas to uncertified accountants, to tellers who have made a mistake in addition, to […]
By substitute on May 10, 2011
I’m covered in writer’s block like a wet sheepskin. Help me out. If I can pick one of the articles that have been bonking about in my head and stick to it, things will be easier. The poll below has a list of titles. Pick one! I have no idea how many people read this, […]
By substitute on December 11, 2010
I am fascinated by this guy, but a huge mass of shifting, pudding-like terminology defeats me. Is there an introduction to his thought in baby talk for those of us who haven’t spent years reading Hegelian, Marxist, and especially Lacanian texts? I’ve always had a difficult relationship with philosophical and sociological jargon. The kind of […]
By substitute on September 25, 2010
Dale Peck body-slams cheap, decayed postmodernism: …But as I puzzled my way through this and the rest of Moody’s books, I found myself looking not for the place in their execution or conception where they went wrong, but rather for something even prior and more primary: the wrong turn in our culture that led to […]
By substitute on August 7, 2010
I need to use a quote from the 1820s or so for a shirt/sticker project. The language is formal. I don’t want to use Comic Sans, nor do I want to use something I pull out of the list randomly. What does Lazyweb recommend?
By substitute on December 2, 2009
I am honored to be part of the First Annual December Borscht-In at icedborscht.com! My contribution is a short piece on the American Dream as reinvented for rich young men without purpose in life: Accessories After The Fact. Thanks, Mr. Borscht!
By substitute on April 21, 2008
From the essay “Professions for Women”: But to tell you my story—it is a simple one. You have only got to figure to yourselves a girl in a bedroom with a pen in her hand. She had only to move that pen from left to right—from ten o’clock to one. Then it occurred to her […]
By substitute on January 22, 2008
I’ve been trying to write about Los Angeles from the pedestrian-and-bus perspective from my decade there, and it’s not flowing. I just get some bits and snapshots: The asphalt from this perspective is way more broken and sticks up higher, so that waiting for the bus is like looking out at a moonscape. Way more […]
By substitute on November 29, 2007
I knew Philip Pullman was a fan of my dad’s work; an interview with him that ended up in The Week caused some friendly interest and was much appreciated. Apparently he’s really, really a fan. Woo!