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04:16pm 12/12/2009

all my Courtney seemed so far away.

Which song was this lyric from?

Get your own lyrics:
Writer's Block: My Favorite Neighborhood Business   
07:05pm 12/10/2009
What is it about your favorite local small business that keeps you coming back again and again?

Dillweedz Cafe (www.dillweedzcafe.com) on Main Street in downtown Springfield, Mass., keeps me coming back at least once a week for a number of reasons: the panini sandwiches are enormous and delicious and are relatively cheap; the decor is eclectic and fun; it's green (the silverware is made from potatoes and the bowls from corn); and the owner, Chris, is the friendliest guy I know. I would wholeheartedly recommend this place to anyone and everyone.
Writer's Block: Environmental Confession   
03:37pm 26/06/2009
'Fess up: What do you do that's bad for the environment?

Long, hot showers are my secret shame. Although they're not as long as they used to be. I'm getting better.
02:40pm 21/02/2009
  You're right, this was boring.Collapse )  
Writer's Block: Sounds Good to Me   
06:02pm 15/02/2009
Persnickety, flibbertigibbet, lollygag—some words are just more fun to say. What's your favorite word?
OMG yay   
08:58am 09/02/2009
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Writer's Block: Robotic   
10:53am 25/01/2009
Who (or what) is your favorite fictional robot?

Bender Bending Rodriguez!
Writer's Block: Doh!   
09:23am 17/12/2008
It's the twentieth anniversary of the first Simpsons episode today. Who is your favorite Simpsons character—Ralph? Sideshow Bob? Ned Flanders? An actual Simpson?

My favorite Simpsons character ever has to be Gil. He tries so hard, fails miserably every time, but is still so damn optimistic. I love that guy.
Attn: Roxanne   
02:25am 17/11/2008
  It's not the kite we should be afraid of...

It's paper airplanes.

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Writer's Block: Reading Aloud   
12:35pm 06/11/2008
One of the highlights of going to a literary festival is hearing authors read from their own works. What author, living or dead, would you most like to hear read?

Oh, clearly Kurt Vonnegut. I don't even feel a need to explain.
12:32pm 04/11/2008
  I voted! And, for those curious, on Massachusetts ballot questions 1 through 3, I voted no, yes and yes.  
Writer's Block: R.E.A.D. in America Day   
11:33am 27/09/2008
In celebration of R.E.A.D. in America Day, tell us about what you're reading. How is reading important to you? What would you recommend to others?

Right now, I'm reading "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" by Kurt Vonnegut. For some reason, I just started reading Vonnegut, although he's clearly right up my alley. He's witty, funny and a great commentator on this ridiculous American "culture." He died my senior year of college, and my newspaper adviser suggested I write a column about his passing and what it meant to the literary world. I didn't want to upset her and tell her I'd never read him, so I wrote the column, successfully bullshitting my way through it. I think that's the way Kurt would've wanted it, haha.

Reading is important to me because it opens my mind to different worlds. I know that sounds cliche, but I really haven't traveled too extensively and I like reading about other places, even if they are just figments of someone's imagination. I like that Kilgore Trout is from Cohoes, New York, though, in Vonnegut's "Breakfast of Champions." I know Cohoes! Reading also helps to expand my vocabulary. It's also cheap, easy entertainment -- free if you have a library card. Everyone should read all the time.

I would recommend anything by Vonnegut, anything by Henry Rollins, anything by Aimee Bender or Chip Kidd (especially Chip Kidd), "Kafka on the Shore" by Haruki Murakami, "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeline L'Engle, "The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green" by Joshua Braff, "The Pleasure of my Company" by (yes, that) Steve Martin -- for people who like things that just a bit weird.
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11:41pm 24/09/2008
  Jackson Browne has a new album coming out. This is me: *squee!*  
This is crazy   
06:53pm 20/09/2008
Writer's Block: Everything That's Fit to Print   
10:11am 18/09/2008
The New York Times was first published on this day in 1851. How important is print news to you? Does the internet render circulation obsolete, or will print never die?

As someone who works for a newspaper, I can only hope that print news never dies, and I know that it won't for a long time, simply because a lot of people still like having that inked piece of paper as proof of certain events.

The debate should not be Internet vs. print, but text vs. visual media. I abhor TV news because it takes everything and wheedles it down to about 30 seconds (if it's a BIG story). The Internet can keep people up to date faster if they're people who are constantly on computers. Not everyone is. Newspaper and magazines, therefore, should focus more on features, things that take more time to develop.

I work for a weekly paper that is in competition with a daily, and a lot of people say they like us better, not because we're more timely (because we're not) but because we take the time to really develop a story.
10:16pm 09/09/2008
  NtFrmBakersfield: i still have that box full of all that stuff
NtFrmBakersfield: i gotta figure out what to do with it
Sweet Iron Lace: aww
Sweet Iron Lace: I could help you...
NtFrmBakersfield: yeah?
NtFrmBakersfield: ...you cannot masturbate with the nazi
Sweet Iron Lace: LOL
Writer's Block: Your Favorite Series: One Last Go Round   
09:41am 21/08/2008
If you could pick any TV show that has been off the air to come back for one more season, which show would you pick and why?

"Clone High," obviously. The most hilarious and random cartoon to ever grace the cable cord.
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11:29am 17/08/2008
  Reason #57 why men shouldn't do laundry:

They will overload a washer to the point where it becomes so unbalanced it does a complete 180 degree turn.

True story.
Writer's Block: On Character Preferences   
09:12am 17/07/2008
Who is your favorite fictional character? Why do you love them? What fictional character bugs you?
My favorite fictional character of late has to be Himillsy Dodd from Chip Kidd's "The Cheese Monkeys" and "The Learners." She is fabulous and fabulously insane. I only wish I had had a quirky, horrible friend like her my first year of college. Even back in the late 1950s and early '60s she had a wonderful "Fuck the man" attitude, and much like me, was very blunt in everything she said. Kidd developed Hims perfectly. Check out his books -- she's a character you won't forget.
04:52pm 28/05/2008
  Simpson-Wentz? Go big or go home, Little Miss Potato Head. Take the name or don't. Hyphens are for pussies.  
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