I'm a compulsive list writer. I write lists for everything - favorite books and movies, obviously. But lists of bad movies too. And a timeline of my life (under construction...my memory is really working against me there...). I have a shitlist, so I can remember the names of the truly terrible people in this world. … Continue reading A Few of My Favorite Things
Someone left these just lying around. That seems dangerous. They belong in the White House, surely.
As the words on my gravestone will emphasize: it could always be worse. I don’t do drugs or smoke. I gamble only with the amount of bacon I choose to wrap around my heart. “Drinking” means a bottle of beer occasionally after dinner…maybe two if my wife is having one of her shindigs. I don’t … Continue reading On Writing Expenses
The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.
Nostalgia is both a feeling and a retail pattern. I’ve noticed that it seems to increase as a person (this person) gets older. In my early life, remembering the past took a very specific form. When I was growing up, there was no choice for me or my brothers: we had to be collectors. I … Continue reading On Nostalgia
Moving furniture for other people is some kind of rite of passage for a certain kind of college student around these parts. Often, when I was younger and helping someone move a couch, say, I’d think it was a viable career option for me. It was not. And now, as I head with increasing speed … Continue reading On Moving
I have too many books. There: I said it. I used to be a voracious reader of books, but now I am...less so. The decline set in around the time I started being paid to read academic text for a living. It broke me. If you've read unedited academic papers, you'll know what I mean. … Continue reading The To-Read Pile
I didn't read it, but I think this is a prime example of the southern Gothic tradition in American storytelling. I'm only guessing, mind, but I'm pretty sure that this character - pig (note the absence of a capital "P" - this poor soul is lost in lowercase) - makes it to the deep South … Continue reading pig