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A Self-Indulgent Eulogy

It’s one of those nights where the internet is failing me. I’m bored and alone, and it’s late, and I need something to fascinate me. I need something to distract me from my boredom and loneliness, and remind me that my attention span has become sufficiently short that I shouldn’t ever really worry about anything […]

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Being Better Than Fiction

There’s this scene in The Newsroom where Jeff Daniels’ character goes on this compelling and eloquent rant about why America isn’t the best country in the world. It’s the opening scene, actually, and it alone was enough to keep me tuned in for two-and-a-half seasons. I remember thinking two things when I first saw it: (1) Wow, […]

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How ‘Murica Saved My Family Vacation

We had our first our first family vacation this year — me and my son, that is. He’s 8 years old, but we’d never been on vacation together before. It took a cliched custody skirmish (in which I generally got my ass handed to me) for me to win some guaranteed vacation time and the […]

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Happy Birthday Mike Ness

Disclosure: This is a mash-up of two blog posts I wrote in October 2012, and January, 2013, respectively. I wrote them under a pseudonym on blogs I no longer maintain. It’s not the kind of writing I’d usually share publicly and transparently, but today is Mike Ness’s birthday, and the guy is a bit of a punk […]

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Writing, Acting, and Celebrity

A couple weeks ago, I was having a dinner and drinks with my buddy Mark John, and we were listening to vinyls and talking about stuff like good and bad editors, and what it’s like to deal with them. At some point, I segued into how I think writing was a lot like acting, and he cut in and said that […]