Archive for the ‘Scribblings’ Category

Marcel Proust and Le League Americain

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

(This essay was broadcast on WUWM’s Lake Effect program on May 7, 2010.  Have a listen to it here.) It’s a little known fact that Marcel Proust—yes, that Marcel Proust—he of the monstrous early Modernist novel Remembrance of Things Past—one of those Mount Everest sort of books that some readers say they ought to tackle […]

The Real Housewives of 21st Century Fiction

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

(This essay was broadcast on WUWM’s Lake Effect program, 89.7, Milwaukee’s NPR affiliate on April 12, 2010. Listen to it here:  ) Stories—you know, fiction, actual made-up stuff—are dead. I clicked off the last scene of Jersey Shore on my 52 inch flat-screen dual-quadrasonic surround-sound 5.1 plasma TV and began flipping through my Tivo’d shows […]

Snow Use

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

(This essay was broadcast on WUWM’s Lake Effect program, Milwaukee’s NPR affiliate on March 12, 2010.) As I sat poolside, shivering in the pale cold sun, trying to make like I was really enjoying the 50 degree early March cold of southern Florida, having escaped at the last minute from grey Wisconsin on a crazy-cheap […]