Charlie Kaufman

A blind contour I just received his first novel in the mail. It’s 700 pages. The David Foster Wallace of screenwriting has written a David Foster Wallace-ian novel. Then I read this great profile in the New York Times Magazine on what the quarantine has been like for him and it was eye-opening. The first… Continue reading Charlie Kaufman

Happy Fourth of July

A cover job of Sam Anderson's blind contour of David Foster Wallace. This morning, while mowing my lawn, my neighborhood had a parade since there isn’t going to be a big one downtown. Immediately, I thought of David Foster Wallace’s October 2001 Rolling Stone essay, “The View from Mrs. Thompson’s.” on September 11. Everybody has… Continue reading Happy Fourth of July

Letter of Recommendation: Sam Anderson’s Work.

Ursula Le Guin by Sam Anderson I was introduced to Sam Anderson’s work through Austin Kleon. Really it was long before I knew of Kleon, when I read Anderson’s great piece on David Foster Wallace. I cannot recommend his work enough. Whenever I see his byline I see someone who loves reading, and has intoxicated… Continue reading Letter of Recommendation: Sam Anderson’s Work.

The Wilding by Benjamin Percy

The Wilding by Benjamin Percy. His first novel. I'm reading a lot of first novels by writers I respect like Mary H.K. Choi's Emergency Contact, Drew Magary's The Postmortal, and short story collections like Lauren Groff's Delicate Edible Birds. This book, from one of my favorite living writers, I finished over the spring and it… Continue reading The Wilding by Benjamin Percy

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield As a result of yesterday’s video this led me to purchase the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield [tk link]. The result was a breakthrough. The major identification I made while reading this is what I used to call the Victim’s woods, or what my diagnosis manifests as — to use… Continue reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Status.

It's been a day. Today I found out that the new word for "pleather" is now Vegan Leather. Here is Billy Wilder's tombstone from a post by Austin Kleon. Billy Wilder's tombstone. Here's a great quote from Benjamin Percy in Jami Attenberg's newsletter #1000wordsofsummer: It begins with a glimmer. Maybe I overhear a conversation in… Continue reading Status.

On David Milch.

David Milch in this summer's journal Probably the greatest fear that I have these days is what is happening to David Milch. Mark Singer recently did a profile for the New Yorker on the Deadwood creator. It moved me in profound ways. Especially the interview part where you can read the marked difference between Milch… Continue reading On David Milch.

What Would Cal Ripken Do?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgcM8II7L4o Cal Ripken's Many Batting Stances You’re probably like what? What does this have anything to do with writing and being  a parent?  Cal Ripken and Don Mattingly were my favorite baseball players growing up. What I liked about them is they were dependable, reliable, and highly competent in their jobs. That means they were… Continue reading What Would Cal Ripken Do?