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Endorsements + music
2017-03-07 :: dave

This thing was inspired by March Fadness, where Megan Campbell and Ander Monson rank 64 one-hit wonders of the 1990s in bracket form and let them square off against each other. You can join in the voting, if you’d like. A song I happen to love somewhat irrationally is up against an indomitable favorite, and […]

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Endorsements
2017-02-04 :: dave

Easy: Public U.S. life now has become one of resistance to the federal government’s continually terrible and dangerous policies, and the most convenient and quickly satisfying arena in which to work out this resistance is social media. Social media is a lousy and terrible arena for activism and argument. This is for at least two […]

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Endorsements
2016-11-19 :: dave

I. I, along with dozens of online thinkpiece writers, feel that Facebook and Twitter helped sway the election for the worse. Trump trolled the U.S into voting for him, realizing early on that the presidency could be had for a lot cheaper than folks in the past had spent on TV ads. All he needed […]

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Endorsements
2016-06-09 :: dave

A couple weeks ago I saw a talk and ping pong match between Pico Iyer and Geoff Dyer. They were old friends. English expats who’ve traveled the world. It made for an easy, spacious talk. At one point Iyer (who took the role of interviewer, chiefly about Dyer’s new book White Sands) asked Dyer about […]

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Endorsements
2016-06-07 :: dave

I. I think I want bitchy book reviews—or what for a long time (notably by the founding editors of The Believer) has been labeled “snark”—because they’re essayistic,[1] by which I mean they give you much more about the reviewer than about the thing reviewed. Now I need to figure out how to convince you why […]

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Endorsements
2016-04-22 :: dave

Awards, Accolades & Publishing News came in yesterday that Alan Chazaro, a MFA student at the University of San Francisco, where I teach, won something called the Intro Journals Award from AWP. For those outside MFALand, this is an annual series of awards granted by our prof. org.: the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. […]

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Endorsements
2015-12-30 :: dave

Finally got around to reading the LA Review of Books’ eulogy on Taylor Negron, who I’ve been amazed by since his turn with Rich Hall in Better Off Dead (pictured, Negron’s on the right). And I came to the following paragraph: But Taylor was always meant for fabulous things. He was a local boy who […]

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Endorsements
2015-07-20 :: dave

Last week Christy Karacas, the creator of what’s become one of my favorite TV shows, tweeted something disconcerting: THIS SITE IS REALLY HELPFUL: http://t.co/1MgDxhiueX — Christy Karacas (@ChristyKaracas) July 13, 2015 That link takes you to a post on the best approach to story structure, “from Aristotle to Dramatica” (which from what I can tell […]

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Comedy + Endorsements
2015-05-27 :: dave

I’m afraid to write this post because I’m going to get it all wrong, because so little about what makes this guy amazing looks good on paper. Like, you’ll never see Comedy Central turn him into a lousy tweetmacro. This “problem” with Fadem will I hope slowly become the very thing I want to champion. […]

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Endorsements
2015-05-25 :: dave

The other weekend my friend Adam pointed out how my worrying over certain problems with tech/media was a kind of conservatism. Tony Judt’s talked about this, how as the Right has embraced free markets and libertarianism more and more it’s become the job of the Left to preserve/conserve certain American values: union labor, environmental conservation, […]

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Endorsements
2015-04-29 :: dave

When I was younger and saw stuff like this I’d leap out of my seat to point out what was false and corny about it. Now when I look at stuff like this I think, Good for them for having made something new without dredging up something old and laughing at it. Like: can’t you […]

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Books + Comedy + Endorsements + queers
2014-12-05 :: dave

Reading O’Donnell’s Find Me (2002) for research. Here’s a bit from the book’s brief Acknowledgements: Anne Lamott, Nora Ephron, Dave Eggers, Fannie Flagg, Pat Conroy, and Anne Rice for writing as they do. Take that, McSweeney’s generation.

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Endorsements
2014-09-09 :: dave

I can think of a variety of answers. I. Your Students Or their parents. If you are the kind of MFA student who has to teach writing or other courses to earn your tuition remission, then it’s the tuition money from your students that, for the most part, pays for you to be there. What […]

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Endorsements
2014-08-29 :: dave

I had two models in mind when I had to start writing the ending to the taxidermy book. One was Eggers’s Frisbee-throwing soaring prose at the end of A Heartbreaking Work, and the other more pressing influence (my book’s practically dripping with it) was Rick Moody’s The Black Veil, with its incantations of black and […]

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2013-04-29 :: dave

Did you know that John K(ricfalusi) of Ren & Stimpy fame sells original caricature portraits? Like this! Or this one! If you got me this for a birthday or Sukkot or whenever, I’d want one with me either mixing cocktails with a rude appendage made windowpane shiny, or wearing a crossword puzzle as a diaper. […]

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2013-04-20 :: dave

Sugar is of nature, but adding sugar to peanut butter is, it seems, unnatural. We’re trying to cut down sugar use in this house, so we’re buying the kind of peanut butter consisting of merely peanuts and oil that comes in a tiered chemical preparation you have to stir to enjoy. And then either you […]

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Endorsements
2013-03-27 :: dave

It’s a staycation spring break y’all. The only possible reason that we should have three bottles of three different brands of spiced rum is that … why do we have three bottles of three different brands of spiced rum and no workaday whiskeys in this house on staycation spring break? I imagine college kids are […]

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Comedy + Endorsements
2012-12-18 :: dave

From the OAD’s entry on dalliance: • brief or casual involvement with something: Berkeley was my last dalliance with the education system. I love that person.

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Endorsements
2012-11-26 :: dave

Social networks like Facebook are also reflective media, but the image of us that they return, insistently, is very different from the one presented by the glass. What’s reflected by the network is not the part of the self “that one can divorce from … the influential presence of other men.” Rather, it is the […]

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Endorsements
2012-11-25 :: dave

My clearest memory was visiting the set in a shutdown aircraft factory in Southern California, where they were building the lake. They said, “Here, you can help us make a decision.” They led me into this room where they had kind of giant casserole dishes of water and different squares of cement painted different shades […]

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