Monthly Archive: November, 2011

bookify: a proposal

I went into the park, sat on a bench — I seemed to have developed some variety of what I believe is sometimes called “hysterical” coughing — and then it suddenly hit me… Continue reading

no effexor for franzen

“This is D. H. Lawrence,” Richard said impatiently. “Yet another author I need to read.” “Or not.” –Jonathan Franzen, Freedom I’ll say this for Jonathan Franzen. At least his novels aren’t being invaded… Continue reading

forgiveness and the social contract

This is not a story about forgiveness. -Emily Thorne, Revenge One of the strangest principles of modern life is that of forgiveness, and the processes of “letting go” and “coming to terms” with… Continue reading

Prologue: On Jabba the Hutt and Pizza the Hut

(Edit: This post is dedicated to Tristan, Sage, and Llew, without whom I might never have become a Jedi. To quote Tristan, “You spelled sarlacc wrong.”) Evidently, the notorious gangster became locked in… Continue reading

A Quick Farewell to Stieg Larsson

He thought for a long time before he went back to the landline and called his sister. He chose his words with care. “How are you doing?” “I’m fine, Micke.” “Tell me what… Continue reading

competition and abjection: the end of socializing

(Incredibly, when I opened WordPress to publish this, I saw a link to this blog post.) And says Bloom: What I meant about tennis, for example, is the agility and training of the… Continue reading