I'M BEING LEANED ON! By my own influences.I was thinking over some of the imagery in "Getting Fired"--especially some of the imagery I came to more through intuition than through planning. Before I started drafting the piece, I sat down and wrote out about two pages of free association, just listing images that fit with two of the themes of the story. For example, the "This. Is. His. Face" girls were in one of those lists. The fly in the first scene, too, and the homeless guy. In general, I do … [Read more...]


I'M MEETING PEOPLE, NICE PEOPLE TOO... Have been radically antisocial (even for me), turtling in my apartment glowering out at the world. But I did manage to meet Neilalien last week (another reader of both comics and Nietzsche... hmm...), and yesterday I met Sara "Diotima" Butler. Awesome, long conversation in the Dupont Circle sunshine. I may have to rethink the lurk-based approach to human interaction. … [Read more...]


"...Bramo. La cosa bramata perseguo, me ne sazio e via la getto, volto a nuova esca." --Tosca … [Read more...]


THE INCREDULITY OF ST. THOMAS: Otto-da-Fe is right about the greatness of this painting. I'm a huge Caravaggio fan in general, but this one may possibly be my favorite. I'll sign on wholeheartedly to Otto's comments: "Incidentally, Caravaggio's 'Incredulity of St. Thomas' is one of my favorite paintings; it emphasizes Christ's physicality at least as effectively as a bloody Crucifixion. And Doubting Thomas's expression is wonderful--not unlike that of the typical viewer seeing this painting for … [Read more...]


"Charles liked poetry because the lines were so short. You could think your own thoughts in the spaces around the print." --Diana Wynne Jones, Witch Week … [Read more...]


DOLLY, DOLLY, DOLLY! Is anything better than "The Essential Dolly Parton"? I didn't think anything could redeem "I Will Always Love You" from Whitney Houston's window-shatteringness. But I'm listening to it now and it's really sweet and not overdone hardly at all. Anyway, yes: I love this album. … [Read more...]


"GETTING FIRED": RESTROOMS ARE FOR CUSTOMER USE ONLY. The latest installment of my short story. In which we meet the boss. You can read the whole thing from the beginning here, or just get the latest events here.Next installment: Amy. … [Read more...]