Monthly Archives: October 2002

Counting Down

In just over three hours, NaNoWriMo starts. Time to get those words out of my head and onto the page. And to keep hitting Save every couple of minutes. Wretched old Word just crashed and took half a… Continue reading

Funnier than James Lileks

Baby’s Named a Bad, Bad Thing. Read it and wet your pants.

Seriously, James Lileks posts some of the funniest pop-culture commentary on the Internet. (Fifties motel architecture. Fifties food.) D. Goodman posts hilarious commentary on… Continue reading

Mea Culpa

I’ve been neglecting this blog in preparation for NaNoWriMo, which I tend to think of as “Nanorama” — National Novel Writing Month. Fifty thousand words in 30 days, on top of work, commuting time, sleep, eating, housework, church,… Continue reading

Peripatetic Musings

Wow. Beautiful blog by Vagabond, who enjoys the worlds of thought and senses and feelings.

Inside the Writers’ Studio

Imagine these questions being asked in a mellifluous voice by a condescending jerk.

What turns you on?

Fall, woodsmoke, rising winds, good music, intense conversation.

What turns you off?

This misuse of the language. I’m sorry,… Continue reading

“Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.”

You are an arteest, and no longer have time for things like cooking and grocery shopping and laundry. Start demanding favors and treats from friends and loved ones now. That way they’ll… Continue reading

Baseball Notes

I’m rooting for the Giants in the World Series, and not just because I prefer the National League. Barry Bonds, one of the greatest players we’ve ever had, deserves a World Series ring. Plus, I have a love/hate… Continue reading

Recent Reading

Inventing the Victorians by Matthew Sweet

A readable, spirited examination of what the Victorians actually thought and did, as opposed to the starchy stereotype. (Did they *really* cover up piano limbs? Read it and find out!) Given the… Continue reading

OK, Three Weeks in Scranton

The word I was goping for in that post (Nothing Wrong with Me that Two Weeks in Scranton Couldn’t Cure) was “gritty.” Suburbs are not gritty. Cities are, farms are. Coal mines may be the… Continue reading

Scary Couples

Rabbi Fred Neulander is apparently dating Miss Vicki.

If you’re wondering who are these people, here’s a quick rundown of their claims to fame:

Rabbi Fred is now on trial for the second time, accused of paying… Continue reading

The greatest thing
in the world
is the Alphabet
as all knowledge
is contained therein
except the wisdom
of putting it together.
—from an old German bookplate