Of course J.J. Abrams has a mystery box that he’s never opened. The writer/director did this TED Talk in 2007, and it’s an interesting peak into how he functions as a storyteller, director, and writer. Worth a watch, especially if you’re a fan or writer. Tangentially Related Posts:What’s It Take To Be Number Four?OMG! The [...]
arch(r)ival By Shae Rue A virgin in a holy war battling against the page inkwells of rage stuck in the waves. Child of God, Sister of Dust. You do the things you know you must. Even when the pain has spread, swelled up. Journals of uneven length chronicles of sad rapport burned against my pride [...]
Recently, my friend Travis told me how discouraging it was to be working for pennies as an intern at an ad agency while all of his friends traveled the world and enjoyed the limitless freedom of their twenties. Well, luckily for me, my friends have the courtesy to blog about their travels, so that [...]
The English language’s newest additions might surprise you. Oxford English Dictionary just released its list of additions and revisions for their coming June edition, and the terms LOL and OMG were among the new members of the English language. This means they’re actual words now, and not just figments of our demented collective imagination. Interestingly [...]
In case you aren’t able to pick one of these babies up today, we’ve got The Universal Sigh, Radiohead’s newspaper and companionpiece to their new album, King of Limbs. The printed newspapers are “available on this day,” Tuesday 3-28-11, being distributed in cities all over the world, for free while supplies last. Here in Los [...]
It was only in 2007, which puts me at about 24, and therefore leaves me no justification for writing a novella told completely from the first-’person’ perspective of a male cat… Reading it now the whole thing seems really sick, somewhere on the spectrum between terrible judgement and mental illness.
Russian Roulette is a classic life-or-death game of chance; spin the barrel, pull the trigger, hope for the best. Our version is a little different, and significantly less fatal. Grab a book, notebook, album, movie–whatever–flip or skip to a random excerpt, and hope for a BANG. Today’s barrel is loaded with Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett. Hammett, [...]
“What galls me about two-spacers isn’t just their numbers. It’s their certainty that they’re right.” -Farhad Manjoo, Slate A couple of years ago, I noticed something funny in a document a friend had written. It looked horrible. It took me a moment to figure out what it was. And then a floodgate opened up somewhere [...]
The idea was simple enough; write a Young Adult novel and, given the timeliness of the idea, become an overnight success. I was going to be rich and famous, but more importantly, relevant.