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May 20, 2015
One Man’s Blogspam is Another Man’s Engaging Content
The truth is, folks, I don't maintain a blog purely for the joy of doing...
January 04, 2015
Industry as an Intrinsic End
Alan Jacobs foreswears the Internet of analytics: Twitter and Tumblr […] have something important in...
August 05, 2014
Montaigne: A Skeptic and Secular Humanist Before It Was Cool
Montaigne is a huge influence on my writing, as he exemplifies what I love best...
August 04, 2014
Spark! A Telekinetic Girl Superhero is Pitched for a Brilliant New Comic
A few weeks ago I came upon perhaps my favorite website ever, Little Girls Are Better At...
August 03, 2014
Humanism in Software. Stop Laughing.
When I talk about humanism, I’m really talking about compassion. Whatever the tenets of a...
February 20, 2014
Frivolity to Grow Your Soul
These are all connected in my mind.First, Alan Jacobs’ “commonplace Tumblr” quotes Auden (of whose...
January 26, 2014
Big Week for a Topaz Paragon
It’s been a busy week for me on the Internet. Let’s quickly review:I have new...
January 05, 2014
Writing on the Surface of a Lake
Is it cool if I try and work something out with you here? Okay, cool....
December 21, 2013
Oh You Are Sick of Self-Love, Snarker
In a previous post, I responded to the recent discussion going on in Internet-land about...
November 21, 2013
Why Use an iPad to Write?
Alan Jacobs, one of my favorite writers, declares that writing on the iPad, as opposed...
October 08, 2013
Struck in the Skull with a House of Worship
I woke in a bed. In a room. In an inn. More than that was...
September 08, 2013
If You Could Only Hear Yourself
Read your writing out loud, advises Alan Jacobs, particularly in the case of opinion or...
July 06, 2013
A Website You Can Talk Over: Assigning Responsibility for a Meaningful Blog
What do I want this blog to be? Perhaps using that very word, blog, assumes...
June 03, 2013
A Tendency Away from Certitude: Our Blogosphere Needs the Essay
It had seemed to me that, in the ideal, the chief distinguishing characteristic of the...
May 23, 2013
Me, Bill Richardson, and Crippling Doubt
A couple of years ago, I resolved to write at length about my four years...
April 02, 2013
Bluster v. Nuance
Oh, hi, Internet. Angus Croll: Writing online is so nearly effortless that reading (not to...
March 13, 2013
A Phase of Incestuous Contraction
As a performing artist, here's a thing I've definitely fretted over; doing art only for...
February 17, 2013
Me vs. the Western Canon
As part of a recent initiative of mine to read a bunch of the foundational...
June 03, 2012
The Tech Press and the Truth
I was rather angered by how the tech press handled the Mike Daisey affair. They...
April 16, 2012
Formed by Boredom
This worries me a little (by Toby Litt in Granta): A couple of years ago, I spent three...
December 28, 2011
Then Vonnegut Asked Caro, “Are We in the Same Trade?”
I’ve not yet read any of Robert Caro’s enormous Lyndon Johnson biographical series, even as...
August 16, 2011
So Long, and Thanks for All the Text
The text stops here. My webby little heart is broken, as I have just read that author...
June 30, 2011
Bloggy Relevance: Thoughts on What This Blog Is and Ought to Be
As long-time readers of this blog probably already know, I have at various times struggled...
June 25, 2011
A Natural Worshiper of Serendipity and Whim: Alan Jacobs’ “Pleasures of Reading”
Alan Jacobs, who readers of this blog (all ten of you) may know from previous...
June 20, 2011
Why We ‘Refudiate’ the Brasolaeliocattleya: Thoughts on ”The Lexicographer’s Dilemma”
Jack Lynch’s fascinating book, The Lexicographer’s Dilemma, is full of original insights, refreshing perspective, and delightful...
May 20, 2011
It’s Not Really about the Toy
I have it in my mind that I must have a particular piece of expensive technology —...
May 15, 2011
David Mamet Exchanges One Herd for Another
The National Review has a must-read cover story on David Mamet’s (de)evolution toward conservatism, and despite my loathing...
March 09, 2011
How many readers does it take to make a blog worthwhile? What constitutes a sufficient...
January 28, 2011
‘A Better Pencil’: A Good Point That Needs a Better Book
Apart from some interesting bits about the challenges presented by, and the romanticism associated with,...
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