Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Maxwell’s Interpretation of Me in LEGO


Maxwell says that the thing that I am holding is my “gold stick” and that if I want to use it as a weapon I “can take off the top and hit someone with it.”… Read the rest

From the Public Market

Make Tripping FunRead the rest

Inspriation and Ideas, Part 3

When Kurt died, I was lost. I was numb. The music that I had devoted my life to had now betrayed me and broken my heart. I had no voice. I turned off the radio, I put away my records, and packed up my drums. I couldn’t bear to hear someone else’s voice singing about pain, or joy, or love, or hate. Not one note. It just hurt much too much.

But eventually that feeling that I had Independence Day, July 4th, 1983, at the base of the Lincoln memorial steps, that feeling came back to me. The same feeling Read the rest

For Years, I Was the Person Reminding the Person in Charge to Refill the Chocolate


How the times do change. John was totally right, of course, so I took care of the problem right away. I even got the good kind of chocolate. I anticipate visitors.… Read the rest

Things I’ve Been Putting in My Brain

“It’s also about what you ask for and what you do and how after, later on, when you finally get it, if you don’t want it, it’s not like Amazon. You can’t return it. You actually have to deal with it.”
Ben Folds at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, NY (October 5, 2012)

“I guess God was right. I can handle this. I can totally take so much more.”
Tig Notaro, “Live”

I had to stop reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It’s suspenseful, which is what kept me with it through the first half, but then I … Read the rest

I Can’t Quit The New York Times

“Whatever brief delights it provides, mere strangeness in poetry and prose eventually leaves us cold, especially when we suspect the writer is stretching for effect to avoid the actual life before his eyes. (As if people were not strange enough.)”
-Roger Rosenblatt in “How to Write Great” in NYT (July 27, 2012)

Tammy sent me a link to “The Veil of Opulence” by Benjamin Hale, and it’s one of those things I read and then could not stop talking about. It hit me, particularly, because of this quote:

“Society is in place to correct for the … Read the rest

You Know What’s Fun?

“I mean, we’re doing this right now. This seems a little desperate, doesn’t it?”
-Nate Ruess, The Colbert Report (August 13, 2012)

Here’s fun. being interviewed by Stephen Colbert and then playing “Some Nights,” which is my second favorite fun. song. My first favorite song is their entire first album, from beginning to end.

Every once in a while, I still turn on the concert NPR so kindly recorded and posted. Fun, indeed.… Read the rest

This and That and The Other Thing

“One thing you who had secure or happy childhoods should understand about those of us who did not: we who control our feelings, who avoid conflicts at all costs or seem to seek them, who are hypersensitive, self-critical, compulsive, workaholic, and above all survivors — we are not that way from perversity, and we can not just relax and let it go. We have learned to cope in ways you never had to.”
-Piers Anthony as quoted in This American Life, Episode 470: Show Me the Way

This week’s This American Life was so good I listened to it Read the rest

“I Think the Longer We Just Sit Here, The More Uncomfortable It Will Make Jay”

Jules sent me a clip from David Letterman’s interview of Conan O’Brien after it aired, but this weekend I finally got to watch the whole thing.

I love that moment at the beginning of the interview because something I appreciate–and even find inspiring–about both of these performers is that they’re willing to say things that make people uncomfortable. In this interview, they even make each other uncomfortable, but they have some real moments, too, and some very funny ones.

More from me soon. Among the many things I acquired this past week was a cold, and I am still … Read the rest

When the Oxford Comma Matters

When the Serial Comma Matters

Much as I love Shanower and Young’s Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz series, this is not okay.… Read the rest