September 8, 2009

Decompensate Your Way To Better Fiction 2


I’ve been working the last two years on my first novel, which has certain elements of autobiography to it, and in that time I can’t help but notice a certain decline in the indicators of good mental health.

September 5, 2009

Ah! Bright Wings 0


This new apocalyptic cast suits me, overeducated and apparently unemployable, as it suits California’s less than golden state.

September 4, 2009

Slow Me Up, Slow Me Down 6


My life is running away from me, and I can’t keep up. I’m starting to wonder if humanity is divided between those who thrive on speed and those who are pummeled by it.

September 1, 2009

On Walking and Reading at the Same Time 20


Narrative and walking—as Chaucer knew—are a fortuitous match.

August 27, 2009

The Technology Fails Essay 4


When my technology fails, the lack of it consumes me. When someone else’s technology fails them, I am vaguely sympathetic, but I’m losing my ability to feel anything in response.

August 26, 2009

T.V. Party Tonight! 6


Maybe rather than asking “Is this indie?” we should satisfy ourselves with asking “Is it a good show?” or even better, “Do I like it?”

August 24, 2009

What I Read on My Summer Vacation 8


Sometimes I feel like everyone’s eating this thing called scrambled eggs (What are those, I wonder. They look good.), while I’m enjoying a delicious chantarelle and pecorino frittata.

August 21, 2009

The Bronx is Yearning 6


As far as the media (including the arts media) is concerned, the Bronx is a bad hand you get dealt.

August 20, 2009

A Hunger for Reality Hunger 10


Essayist and author David Sheilds’ forthcoming book Reality Hunger bears “Manifesto” as a subtitle, and it may break the mold.

August 18, 2009

Dispatches from Vilnius: Regarding Language, Genre, and the Capital of Culture 0


Out of nothing comes language and out of language comes nothing and everything. I know there will be stories. Certainly there will always be stories.