Category Archives: Crosspost to LJ

Keep It or Chuck It?

I moved at the beginning of May this year, for the first time in ten years, and the event reminded me of something I had been vaguely conscious of for a long while: I own too many books. At one … Continue reading

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Tosher

I hate it when people start a piece of writing with “According to Webster’s Dictionary” or similar cringes before the audience. But whenever I think of Daniel Tosh (which is seldom) I can’t help but think of the (British English) … Continue reading

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The Re-Mazing Spider-Man

I went to see The Amazing Spider-Man last weekend, like millions of my fellow Americans, some of whom had seen it before. Sometimes I felt like I’d seen it before, too–but as someone who’s been following Spidey’s career for well … Continue reading

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Renegging: Bad reviews and bad ideas

Maybe I’m more haunted by the Zeitgeist than I think. While I was mulling over my post on negative reviews this weekend, writers stung by bad reviews were bouncing all over the internet. For instance, a guy who bragged about … Continue reading

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Negging: On the art of negative reviews, and containing two (>2<) lists

I was reading an extremely negative review of my third book the other day, and found it a strangely painless experience. I felt like I was watching a cat chase the red light of a laser pointer around a room: … Continue reading

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Purfuit of Happineff!

Checking in here to wish a happy Independence Day to my compatriots, a happy Wednesday to all.

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Roming Again

Having gotten married and having moved all our worldly possessions to one flammable location, and placed them under the protection of a pair of fire-breathing slavering beasts and a gang of meth-addled bikers, Diana and I flew off to Italy … Continue reading

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Moved to be moody, and moody to be moved

THE SIXTEEN STAGES OF MOVING 1. I want to move. 2. I hate to move. 3. I ought to move. 4. I hate to move. 5. I have to move. 6. Find a place to move to. 7. I will … Continue reading

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Make Womb! Make Womb!

As fate and my innamorata would have it, I watched (within the space of a few days) two movies based on old Ira Levin┬ánovels: The Stepford Wives and Rosemary’s Baby. It seems crazy to give a spoiler alert about movies … Continue reading

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Bath of the Titans

On Friday evening I set out with an intrepid band to see The Maltese Falcon on the big screen at the Valentine theater in the big town of Toledo. Through a set of hilarious circumstances we ended up eating dinner … Continue reading

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