Waterfalls in Manhattan 1

Waterfalls in Manhattan
I saw this picture and thought about all those apocalyptic movies, bridges burning, Manhattan cut off from the rest of the world. But no, it’s the computer rendering of an art installation coming to New York this summer, capping of a retrospective of Olafur Eliasson at the MoMA. I’m looking forward to this. When The ...

JanNo Update 2

After not so careful consideration, I have decided to up my word count goal for the month to 50K (from 31K). I have been writing every night for at least an hour, and in that hour I manage to crank out at least 6 pages, some nights (and weekends) significantly more. If I were to ...

Best party ever 1

I can only hope that one day I’ll have a son with glasses as famous as this. And how about that hard hitting Aussie journalism? No softball questions there.

Spanish for your Nanny 2

Who remembers that scene from Goonies where Mouth translates for Rosalita?

Carter for President 1

I try not to get too political, which is why I get all my news from The Onion. Like this op-ed piece from our 39th president, Jimmy Carter.

Site stuff 1

It appears that the comments haven’t been working since I started this site. Something to do with the way I setup permalinks. The issue has been resolved, so for the three of you out there who might read this, comment away!

Third prize is your fired. 3

Speaking of David Mamet…This is one of the greatest motivational speeches ever written, acted with aplomb by the venerable Alec Baldwin.

JanNo day 8 1

It started as another dark day in typewriter land. The ribbon on the Olivetti finally gave out on me, so I grabbed one I had on hand (I keep many spare ribbons around just in case) only to find that the Olivetti uses a different type of ribbon than every other typewriter I’ve ever seen. ...

Blue Snow 3

Yesterday I finished reading Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl and immediately after started Snow, by Orham Pamuk, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. Calamity Physics was a tough book, not because it was hard to read but because it was much longer than it needed to be. The second part ...

One…singular sensation 3

I started a JanNo on 1 January; I call it my WriMo, my Writing Month. The pages I have written in the last week are the first significant words I have written in four years. It seems so, so long ago. And yet, taking out the typewriter, cleaning it off, installing a new ribbon, it ...