Diagnosis 1

Diagnosis
“Impressive,” Dr Ellis said, over and over. “This is just really impressive.” “Is that a good thing or a bad thing?” I said. “It’s just, well, impressive.” Maybe I’ll be a case study in a paper? The short of it is this: I have an severe case of plantar fasciitis. From the radiologist’s report: Severe ...

Who’s gonna feed the cats?

William S. Burroughs on suicide: WSB: Do you know that famous story about the Zen Master who appeared before the Emperor with his paintings? He bowed three times and disappeared into his paintings. SE: ah ya. (laughs) do you think that will ever happen to you? Or does it often happen to you? WSB: I ...

And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks by Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs My review rating: 3 of 5 stars While the book was enjoyable, the story of how the book came to be (written in an afterward by longtime William Burroughs pal James Grauerholz was much more fascinating. I’d never read anything ...

Huh?

Huh?
Can anyone explain the shocking difference in these two headlines? Reuters seems to indicate that “Yes Man” broke out of the gate with an incredible opening weekend. The New York Times would seem to tell us that “Yes Man” did rather poorly at the box office. Which is correct? Or are they both right? Or ...

Workshop

This one’ll be short. I had to get a story up for the workshop by midnight last night. I knew I wouldn’t make it yesterday, so I got up early and started working at 8am. It’s just after 7pm now and I’ve only just uploaded. I worked straight through from 8 until about 6, with ...

Film Addict

A friend of mine posted his own version of Facebook’s Film Addict question. Plutor’s is comprised of IMDB’s top 250 movies of all time, as opposed to the crap in the FBook survey. Check it out.

30: Pieces of a Novel

30: Pieces of a Novel by Stephen Dixon My review rating: 4 of 5 stars The first book I read by Stephen Dixon was Frog. It was sprawling in scope, the story of a man’s life told in third person from the man’s complete point of view. It was funny, poignant, terrifying but mostly a ...

Workshop 1

Part of a continuing series of thoughts written while waiting for the clothes to dry at B. Bubbles laundromat. I’m taking an online writing workshop this month. I submitted my first piece last week, a chapter from my JanNo, Variations on a Theme. The piece is about the main character taking care of his wife ...

Quote

Here’s a nice quote from January 2009 issue of Runner’s World: According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, in 2007 the U.S. running population had 24.2 million “core participants” (folks who run at least 50 days per year). About 16 million of us are “frequent runners” (we run 100-plus days per year). Those who run ...

On the Street

If you’re a fan of the Bill Cunningham photography series in the Times, you’ll love what the Gray Lady has done for him. In the past months, Bill has had an audio slideshow of his photographs available on the Times website. I love listening to his voice, the cadence, the halting way he struggles to ...