things I’ve read lately, vol. 3

I've got a real backlog of magazines on my end table, and yet I just can't stop reading. Here are 12 things I read and loved (or at least couldn't stop thinking about) this past month. (See the previous things I've read here.) Germany's Racist Present (Quartz) — despite a dedication to preventing another Holocaust, Germany… Continue reading things I’ve read lately, vol. 3

things i’ve read lately, vol. 2

be forewarned: a lot of these are #longreads. a lot of the links in this edition are amazing older articles that i recently found or revisited. A Pickpocket's Tale (New Yorker) — this guy's picture is in the dictionary under prestidigitation Why the "Friend Zone" is Bullshit (Foz Meadows) — how "nice guys" are the… Continue reading things i’ve read lately, vol. 2

notable recent reads

Long time no blog, right? But I'm back with three recently read, utterly awesome books, all written by women with three names: Adrian Nicole Leblanc, "Random Family" Leblanc spent a decade hanging out with a random family from the Bronx, then she wrote this book. I'd read an interview with her in New New Journalism… Continue reading notable recent reads

Graydon Carter, George Kalogerakis and Kurt Andersen, “SPY: The Funny Years”

I found an old issue of this acerbic, New York-centric magazine for a dollar and fell in love with it. Got a good deal on this hardcover from Copacetic Comics in Pittsburgh! THE LOWDOWN Published: 2006, 304 pp. Obtained via: Copacetic Date started: 2.10.09 Date finished: 2.30.09 What I liked: The mid-'80s seem like such… Continue reading Graydon Carter, George Kalogerakis and Kurt Andersen, “SPY: The Funny Years”

book update

Current word count: 9,400 (out of 30,000) I'm not as far along as I'd like to be, but I'm making progress. I'd hoped to hit 15,000 words by the end of October... that'd take a miracle at this point, I think. But really, I'm not terribly behind. I've started interviewing a ton of awesome crafters,… Continue reading book update

I’m writing a book

I very vaguely alluded to a big potential project in my last post of 2007. That project is now very real, so I feel OK with letting the cat out of the bag: I'm writing a book. Got a deal and everything. (Though deal is a kind of misleading word—it implies six-figure advances and major… Continue reading I’m writing a book