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Sunday, May 29, 2005

See I'm Not Procrastinating...

identity theory | percival everett interview: "PE: I don't write everyday. I have what I call work amnesia. I don't know when I am really writing. I trust myself to be doing it.

RB: You mean that at the end of some period of time you have a book written?

PE: Yeah that's basically how it happens.

RB: So if I asked what you are working on now you would say?

PE: I'm working on something. (both laugh) At some point it makes itself clear what it is, and then I will be really sad for a long time while I finish it."

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Well It Is Texas After All...

Hometown News: "On Friday morning, the school district suspended Coach Brian Spivey - an English and social studies teacher at the high school. On Friday afternoon Coach Spivey quit.

School Superintendent Rick Summers would not go on camera with KBTV-4 News but said over the phone the district disciplined Spivey after he told several high school students to visit a website called poets dot com."

-- Disclaimer: I spent all of 5 minutes on the site (had to register). Some of the poetry is pretty good. Most of it isn't And yeah under the "Sensual" section there's some randy language but it's THE SENSUAL SECTION and these are high school kids after all. "Doin' 50 In A 25" under the "Humorous" section is not to be missed. - Barry

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Oh is THAT all?

The Morning News - Birnbaum v. Kevin Guilfoile: "RB: You took on the main thing you need to write a novel, which is sitting down and doing it.

KG: Yeah.

RB: People talk the talk but-

KG: I learned there wasn't anything magical about it. That people succeed in this business, which is the same way they succeed in every other business-through hard work and luck. So I sat down and said,
'I really enjoyed that I'm going to do it again and hopefully I learned something the last time that I can do better.'"

Michael Chabon Writes Summer

The New York Review of Books: On 'The Mysteries of Pittsburgh': "I paced around my room in the basement, back and forth past the bookcase where my stepfather kept the books he had bought and read in his college days. All right, I told myself, take the practical side of things for a moment. Let's say that I did write a novel. Your basic, old-fashioned, here-and-now novel. Where would I write it? Novels took time, I assumed. They must require long hours of uninterrupted work. I needed a place where I could set up my computer, and spread out, and get my daily work done without distraction: Ralph's room. It had served Ralph as a room of his own; perhaps it would also serve me."

Words Fail Me

Phil Spector Murder Trial on Yahoo! News Photos
: "Music producer Phil Spector is shown in Superior Court judge Monday, May 23, 2005, in Los Angeles" - Oh my stars and garters - Barry

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Mmmmm Bacon

The Ultimate Bacon Sandwich

Monday, May 16, 2005

It's a mean world...

A Writer's Life: An Award for the Gullible: "It's astonishing that some people think aspiring writers are so gullible and desperate for publication and acclaim that they'll ring up more and more debt on their credit cards to get even the illusion of it.
Of course, they're right."

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

I Certainly Hope So

Confessions of a Listener: "We will make the demented uncle shut up so we can listen to somebody who actually knows something. "

Sunday, May 01, 2005

My Hero - No Really

Comic Book Artist Magazine #15 - Jaime Hernandez Interview - TwoMorrows Publishing

Jaime (pronounced "high-me") Hernandez is perhaps the finest cartoonist to emerge from American comic books in the 1980s. Add one part Dan DeCarlo, throw in a batch of Alex Toth, with a pinch of Charles Schutz and Hank Ketcham for flavor, mix in a whole lot of personal insight, garnish with a rare respect for women, and you might get an idea of what the creator of Maggie, Hopey, Penny Century and numerous other females is all about. Jaime was interviewed by phone in Jan. 2000 and he copyedited the transcript.