Monday, November 23, 2009

Post Office Days

1. Went to the post office carrying a lot of different parts of an application, as well as a huge ginormo envelope I had just bought at Duane Reade.

2. Exited the post office to find a stapler. The woman behind the counter at Bookculture, the bookstore directly next door, had one. I stapled my documents.

3. Stuffed application form and manuscripts into the envelope haphazardly. Everything got kind of bunched up (not literally wrinkled, but would have arrived at the place creased and unprofessional-looking). Took everything out, sat on floor of post office, replaced everything. Sealed the envelope.

4. Realized that the address I needed to write on the envelope was on a piece of paper that was now now inside it. Used 411 lookup and called the organization while standing in line. Found that nobody was in the office.

5. Called my friend Alison Klein, who can be counted on to be near a computer and with whom I don't have a complicated relationship. She looked up the address and gave it to me.

I feel totally awesome now.


Monday, November 16, 2009

You Don't Know How It Feels...

I wanted to say something today about how I just discovered that all the episode titles of "Cougar Town" are Tom Petty songs. (Look at the Hulu page for the show, and you will see that I'm right.)

But then I realized that people probably already knew that, so if I said anything about it I would be exposing myself to not just one or two, but several different kinds of embarrassment.

So I decided not to mention it.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

What else?

I want to write some more deeply engrossing and important stories and essays now. So that I'm, you know, not a failure.

So leave me alone, please, so that I can go do that.

Okay, no, I didn't mean RIGHT NOW.

Hey dudes, I know it's been a while since I wrote anything here, or posted a cartoon or anything else riveting or delightful like that. I'm sorry. Blogging will return to normal soon. It will!!!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Grocery Listery

I have blogged about this before, but it's drawn sufficient interest to warrant another mention. Last summer I compiled a bunch of my friends' grocery lists and published them in a zine that I called THE GROCERY LIST LIST. Two pages from said zine appear below.

I thought making it would be an interesting way to bring together my friends from different regions, whose tastes were different -- I mean, no matter what you choose to eat, you have to shop for it (unless you grow/raise it yourself, and the people I consulted did not). Based on each list, I tried to create a little scene telling the story of the food-buying excursion in comic-strip form.

OK, so, do you want a copy? They're free; I'll just send you one if you email me your address. Please indicate, also, if you'd like to submit a grocery list of your own for inclusion in a possible future incarnation of this.

Lists from a whole bunch of people, like over 20, would make for a highly entertaining read, I believe.

My email is:


Monday, November 2, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Naming Names

I'm working on a personal essay right now which I like. It's almost finished. I'm feeling like the next thing I need to do, before I can make any home-stretch-type edits, is change the names of all the people in it, who are of course real people. Doing this is standard practice in nonfiction writing for a lot of reasons, legal and literary and not-feelings-hurting. I imagine nonfiction writers (I think of myself as primarily a fiction writer) re-name their people at the beginning of the essay-creation process so they don't have to go through this painful step later. I'm a little wet behind the ears on this and gotta say, I'm finding it hard to change these names of these people I like so much both in the narrative and in real life. But I look forward to the freedom the resulting narrative distance will very likely afford me.

That was a very nerdy thing to talk about.


Since I was delinquent in Bipolar Glass of Iced Tea last Monday, I am posting a BPGOIT today. And will do another tomorrow, if all goes as planned.