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Obvious Things
2017-07-12 :: dave

I recently refrained from posting anything about the #HeterosexualPrideDay Twitter hashtag designed, it seemed, to make people indignant. But I’ve been thinking about it. And I’ve been thinking about white feelings of marginalization and malinformed notions of fairness and came up with a kind of parable. Is it a parable, Jesus? Imagine you are a […]

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Obvious Things + queers
2017-06-30 :: dave

Today Angela Merkel voted against same-sex marriage, and I laughed and was reminded of the time when Nancy Reagan died, and Hillary Clinton went on TV and reminded us all that the Reagans did so much to “start a national conversation” about AIDS. But this post isn’t about how politicians beloved by people on the […]

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Obvious Things
2017-05-04 :: dave

[This is going to be a useless and boring post for anyone not looking to nab a convenient Global Entry interview at the San Francisco International Airport. (Or not my mom.) But because the information on how to navigate these waters is (from official govt. sites) hidden or (from Yelp and other such places) wrong […]

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Obvious Things
2015-12-08 :: dave

Not right now, at least. But this one came from a student in my graduate fiction workshop, the first such class I’ve taught, which is ending tonight. The exercise or prompt involved taking an object—each of us wrote the name of an object on an index card, then these got distro’d at random—and … I […]

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Obvious Things
2015-11-16 :: dave

Last week I said I didn’t get why writers decided on the academic conference model for their annual get-togethers. I mean, I get it: we’re writers in the academy. To be allowed into the Ivory Tower and be subsidized by it, we had to play by some rules. Is that it, really? I don’t buy […]

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Obvious Things
2013-06-04 :: dave

Spent the night on a good-sized sofa stretched along glass-fronted BILLYs full of poetry books. In the morning, I read this: I cannot go on restricting myself to images because you think it is your right to dispute my meaning: I am prepared now to force clarity upon you. I show it to my friend […]

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Obvious Things
2013-04-09 :: dave

This idea’s been festering for a little over a year now. I’m ready to (hastily, between classes) articulate it I think. Young people (i.e., people my age or younger, people who grew up using the Internet in at least high school) are embarrassed by the Internet, or by our constant use of it, our continual […]

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Obvious Things
2013-03-19 :: dave

The earnestness, no the seriousness behind the tone of the rest of this post on a blog’s comment section perfectly encapsulates the Internet for me.

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Obvious Things
2012-10-10 :: dave

[The start of a new feature on this blog it’s anyone’s guess I’ll keep up on a regular basis. “Obvious Things”. It stems from advice better writers have fed to my ears and eyes over the years, most recently from Pixar’s Emma Coates: “Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, […]

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