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“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” - Dr. Seuss

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Japan's Railway Bazaar:"And it is this very framework of male fraternization that pushes sex towards being a voyeuristic activity. Heterosexual sex for male bonding must be rebuilt and reconfigured — from its original conception as a private act between individuals — for the purposes of group male entertainment. Hence violence ...

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INGREDIENTS: Water, black beans, corn, jalapeño peppers, tomato paste, onions, red bell peppers, modified food starch. Contains less than 1% of the following: salt, sugar, spice, potassium chloride, garlic powder, onion powder, natural flavor, corn syrup solids, dried chili pepper, calcium chloride, citric acid, paprika extract (color). It's Progresso's Black Bean Jalapeno soup! ...

Two Reviews of Tim McGurl’s Book About MFA Programs

From The London Review of Books: Formed in the shadow of New Criticism, the creative writing discourse still displays ‘not a commitment to ignorance, exactly, but...a commitment to innocence’. This commitment, this sense of writing being produced in a knowledge vacuum, is what turned me off the programme to begin with. ...

New Joizy

Wall Street Journal article: New Jersey: Hidden State of Culture Hellz yeah! Though why the author thinks it's a secret that NJ is a cultural powerhouse, I don't know: just like there have been more US Presidents from Ohio than from any other state, there have been ...


Linkblogging! Anti-Love Drug May be Ticket to Bliss: talking about oxytocin as the be-all and end-all of human pair bonding (on the female side). Also about taking drugs in order to fall in or out of love at your convenience. The wikipedia article has a long list of ...

January 1st 2013
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My 2012 In Review

I didn't write much this year - or not much fiction anyway. I wrote my masters thesis, and though it could have been much better I am content with the way it came out.  In nonfiction land, I signed on as a contributor to The Hooded Utilitarian. Though I don't have ...
November 12th 2012
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Big Bang @ Prudential Center, 12/9/12

As promised on tumblr. This is very long, so I apologize in advance. ^^ BTW, I'm sitting in a cafe in New Brunswick next to someone using "Fantastic Baby" as a ringtone, and it turns out she was also at the show on Friday. Small world! The New York ...
September 12th 2012
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I turned in my master's thesis. It's kinda weak - I wrote the conclusion in 24 hours including searching for supporting references - but it's a personal milestone for me since it's the longest thing I have ever finished, more-or-less on time. It's 50 pages without references or appendixes (but ...
July 19th 2012
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Olympics, etc.

I am so totally out of the Olympic loop - though I heard there's an outdoor screen at the Castle Museum gardens in York that's doing public screenings of Olympic events, so I might go to that. I missed the torch when it passed through a few weeks ago. ...
July 15th 2012
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6-years-too-late review of disposable teen comedy, John Tucker Must Die

Saw this with M. It's really not too bad... if you ignore the ending, aha. Especially the casting for John Tucker is good: at first you are like, what do any of these girls see in this guy? But by the end you are like, hmm, ...


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