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51. back to the future
why, and when, we lived this year already
pop culture - general
2.4.08 : feature column!

You thought we were living in 2008, didn’t you? You thought we were moving forward in time, breaking new ground, experiencing economic forces and events and happenings that had never happened before? Not so. When is it, or should I say, when are we? Well, we’re somewhere between 1989 and 1996. Because, y’know, “American Gladiators” is on. That’s the thing. We cry out because of the writers’ strike, and lament that it’s forced all this fashionably unscripted dross up on our screens, and say I...
52. imaginary friends and enemies
tv characters the strike makes me miss... or not
television - criticism
1.4.08 : feature column!

Hold onto your hats, folks. The 1988 writers' strike lasted almost 22 weeks, and we're only on week 8 of this one. I was going to open with a good news/bad news, but honestly, the good news is a little thin on the ground. Maybe the Worldwide Pants exemption that brought Letterman and Ferguson back with writers? Ish? What we’ve got on TV these days is a mishmash of reruns and "reality", not exactly the discriminating primetime viewer’s regular diet. Now, I’m not saying I’m not excited for the re...
53. belly up to the pop culture buffet
a year-end roundup
pop culture - appreciation
12.5.07 : feature column!

In a year that brought us the iPhone, "Gimme More", and Superbad, you'd think there'd always be something popculturey to write about. And there is. The problem is, sometimes there's just not that much to say. The iPhone is old news already. So much ink and so many electrons have already been spent on chronicling the downfall of Our Miss Spears. And Superbad? Pretty much speaks for itself. So sometimes, you just have to say a little about a lot of things instead of a lot about one thing. And wh...
54. agent, rapidly
the second annual literary agent blog roundup
writing - appreciation
11.5.07 : feature column!

You know, last year at this time I was surprised to find out that agents blog. This year, I'm surprised there aren't more of them doing it. The agent-author relationship is still, as it ever was, fraught with carefully imposed distance, misdirected resentment, and a whole boatload of uncertainty. Blogs don't change that. But they do help both the agents and the authors for several reasons: everyone gets to express how they feel, and everyone gets to read the other side of the story. Everyone's...
55. basic cable turns the tables
how hbo and nbc lost their grip on good tv
television - criticism
10.3.07 : feature column!

Where’s the best TV on TV these days? Used to be, that wasn’t even a question. The answer was self-evident. First, the self-evident answer was “network”, because original programming was network programming, and HBO was all “Taxicab Confessions” and six-times-a-day repeat viewings of Space Camp. Then, more recently, the self-evident answer was “HBO,” because they burst out of the gate with some of the most exciting shows in years –- “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City,” “Deadwood.” And now, the...
56. 30 things to love about philadelphia
new affection from a new aficionado
general - appreciation
9.5.07 : feature column!

Is it love, or infatuation? Am I completely enamored of Philadelphia because it’s the first new city I’ve moved to in almost a dozen years? Or because I’ve heard so many expectation-lowering information sessions, so many qualifiers and apologies, that I couldn’t help but find the city to be better than advertised? Or, is it possible that Philly is... just awesome? Only time will tell, but in my first 30 days here, I can tell you I’ve found at least 30 reasons to love Philadelphia, no questions...
57. invasion after invasion
when the news goes too far, and why
news - criticism
8.3.07 : feature column!

With a few details changed, it could have been an episode of “CSI.” Actually, I think it was once an episode of “CSI”, I think I saw it. Home invasion, fear and terror, suspects apprehended at gunpoint while fleeing the scene. A woman and her two daughters dead. The only surviving occupant of the home, the father, badly beaten. Unfortunately, this one wasn’t fictional. I rarely watch television news of any stripe, but this time, I was in a hotel room doing my ironing, so I didn’t flip the chan...
58. oh, thank heaven for fy07
what i've learned since this time last year
humor - lifestyle
7.6.07 : feature column!

First of all, I'm not here. I'm in Hawaii. Leading directly to the first thing on the list: 1. Lana'i is one of the Hawaiian Islands. How did I end up there? 2. Getting proposed to is AWESOME. 3. Planning a honeymoon is only one of a kajillion wedding-related decisions, any one of which will drive you bonkers if you let them. 4. Promising your publisher you won't write another column about wedding planning doesn't really mean you can't talk about wedding planning stuff in your column, it ju...
59. the five minute column
consciousness it streams
writing - process
6.4.07 : feature column!

start your stopwatches so there is a point to this column though of course you may have to work a little harder to find it than usual given that its hard to read the stream of consciousness stuff i mean pure stream of consciousness not the stuff where we go back and add in parentheses and places to breathe and yes id really like to breathe right now and so would you so periodically i will pause a bit so we can all go ah and here it is like this ah the idea is that youre getting a direct look...
60. holding out for a non-hero
it's a bird! it's a plane! it's a huge mistake!
film - career
5.4.07 : feature column!

I can't quite describe the feeling I got when I heard Edward Norton had been cast as The Incredible Hulk. I can do it in words, kind of: my first flash of thought was "What??", the second was, "No, seriously, what??", and the third was, "Ohhhhhh, Ed." Oh, wait. Disappointment. That's the feeling. Why I should be so disappointed in a choice made by someone I don't know, someone I've never met, someone whose life will never intersect with mine, that's a little harder to explain. There are onl...
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re: life is too short

I don't often read things like this, but this was perfect.

re: life is too short

That is good stuff!

re: 40 weeks of a new life

Great job building up the drama without overplaying it.

re: what september means

Absolutely. And I love Facebook first-day-of-school pictures too.

re: what september means

When I lived in NYC, September was my favourite month.

re: what it feels like for an author

You're one of my heroes. But I think you already know that. Thanks for sharing your world once again.

re: the debut author's planifesto

Very helpful for being published, or life in general. Thanks.

re: who cares what you think?

This isn't a professional review, but you're right on target and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

re: who cares what you think?

I was going to rate this poor, just to prove your point, but nice job.

re: like it's your job

We writers aren't interesting, but "Castle" gives us hope that we may someday bag Nathan Fillion. Excellent observations.

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