Archive for November, 2010

The novel Skippy Dies is like a doughnut

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Some books are like potato chips—you just can’t stop readin’ ‘em.  Maybe it’s the salt. Or some diabolical bioengineerickal sort of thing cooked up in a crackling subterranean megacorp lab inducing an addict-like craving unknown by the EPA or USDA. And some books are like doughnuts—they taste good—very good—but at some point, you’ve just had […]

When technology became as cool as rock ‘n roll

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Last month, I posted a bit about that Facebook movie, The Social Network. That piece was broadcast today on WUWM, Milwaukee Public Radio, NPR.  Good movie. Fun stuff–when technology became as cool as rock ‘n roll.  Have a listen here.

What’s with movies these days?

Friday, November 19th, 2010

I went to the movies last night and I’m beginning to feel like Dylan’s Mr. Jones. You know, the line from 1965’s Ballad of a Thin Man: “Because something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones.” What’s with movies these days? Not that I’ve been living on Mars […]

Vonnegut’s shapes of stories

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Somewhere, Kurt Vonnegut wrote that writers should begin a story, any story, novel, whatever, as close as possible to the end.  At least, I think he said that.  Did I dream that?  Anyway, great advice.  And here’s a fine little chalk talk by Mr. Vonnegut.  He’s talking about the simple shapes of stories.  Entertaining and […]

Birds of the British Isles – 1964, Swinging London and all that

Monday, November 15th, 2010

What kind of screwed up world do we live in where American kids don’t care about Swinging London? Kids of my g-g-generation marked the beginning of Modern Cultural Life in 1964—specifically February—Beatles on Ed Sullivan and the subsequent glorious British Invasion of Sixties bands, fashion and…the gorgeous girls—Jane Asher, Jean Shrimpton, Vanessa Redgrave, Patti Boyd, […]