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31. a guy and a girl and a peach pie
an interview with author therese walsh
writing - appreciation
10.5.09 : feature column!

Writer Unboxed is the name of the writers' site Therese Walsh co-founded in 2006, but it's also a good description of the writer herself these days. Walsh's first novel, The Last Will of Moira Leahy, will be coming out of boxes and onto shelves next week. She's also a generous, open-minded writer sharing her journey and inspiration across the internet writing community, through Writer Unboxed, Twitter, blogging on her own site, and much more. Writing is a solitary act and being a writer can be ...
32. television (no longer) set
how tv watching is more, and less, than it used to be
television - general
9.4.09 : feature column!

Once upon a time, you either owned a television or you didn't. If you owned a TV, you were a TV watcher. If you didn't, it was because you either couldn't afford it, or didn't care. There were people who were adamant, proud, deliberate objectors to TV, and those people, well, didn't own TVs. The rest of us had them, and used them to varying degrees. If we didn't have pay cable and we were desperate to see something, like "Sex and the City", we'd gather somehow, and make it happen. But whether t...
33. the grape-ist generation
what does wine say about us?
pop culture - general
8.5.09 : feature column!

We are so weird about wine. The recent Beer Summit at the White House is a great illustration. What would you have thought if, instead of I'm going to invite Officer Crowley and Dr. Gates over for a beer, the President had said, I'm going to invite Officer Crowley and Dr. Gates over for a glass of wine? First word that comes to mind. Go. Fancy? Snob? More likely, a sound. Huh or Ehh? or OooooOOOooo. Beer is the working man's drink. Mixed drinks, whether martinis or Cosmos or gimlets, signal...
34. mixed grill
another summertime smorgasbord
pop culture - appreciation
7.3.09 : feature column!

It's been quite a while since I did a summertime pop culture roundup. Yet summer is such a perfect and weird and known-but-unknown pop culture time, it really lends itself to this kind of thing: a good look that doesn't look too close. (Look too close and it'll burn your eyes out. I mean, really, do you want to analyze the lyrics of "American Boy"? Talk about the theme of how technology dehumanizes us as seen in Transformers 2: The Transformening? Write a scathing review of the latest Nora Robe...
35. everything you wanted to know about writing*
*can be learned from csi: ny
television - criticism
6.1.09 : feature column!

In some ways, I'm a writing snob. I've been guilty of snarking about Twilight although I haven't read it. I do think some books are just better than others. But I consume mass media in, as the Coneheads say, mass quantities, so I'm not one of those litfic MFAs who thinks there's something noble in not owning a television. People who write are all writers. Different skills are required for different genres, and different media. Writing for the web isn't like writing for "The New Yorker". Writing ...
36. the you show, starring you
where new graduates are going from here
television - career
5.4.09 : feature column!

School’s almost out. If you’re graduating, from high school or college or grad school, you’re going to feel a strong obligation to get sentimental. Resist. But! But! You say. This is the last time we’ll X! Never again will we Y! OMG I can’t believe a month from now we all won’t be here in this room learning/eating/drinking/smoking/mocking/dodging Z! Resist. Rise above. Don’t give in to the urge to get weepy about the olden golden days of three-and-a-half months ago. Your friends and paren...
37. biting the blogging bullet
taking a step into the tasty, cyber-style
tech - general
4.3.09 : feature column!

I've only been an early adopter once in my life, and ever since then, I've been a little behind. I had a home page in 1994, and that was the last time I was ahead of any tech curve whatsoever. (My home page said "This is me" and had a picture of Helen Hunt. Some of you may recall it. We looked at it using Mosaic. Those were the days.) Ever since then, I've been a little behind. My iPod is a Shuffle. I joined Facebook four months ago. I have yet to dive headfirst into Twitter. And today, I'm o...
38. austen, we have a problem
re-invent the classics, or leave them be?
pop culture - criticism
3.4.09 : feature column!

I’ve got nothing against zombies. I just don’t want to see them at Pemberley. It’s not coming out until next month, but Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is already making quite a stir in literary circles. By “making a stir” I mean “plucking every string on the spectrum between amusement and outrage”. If you’ve never heard of the book, it’s really all there in the title. It’s the entire book of Pride and Prejudice, all the lovely Jane Austen characters and plotting and delight… but in between bi...
39. facebook of hours
the five stages of facebook
pop culture - appreciation
2.4.09 : feature column!

One: Comprehensive Panic. When you finally stir yourself, after months of resistance, to join Facebook… it freaks. You. Out. Everyone’s there! Your exes! Your college friends! Your high school friends! In some cases, your parents’ friends! You think carefully about who you want to friend. Were you really friends with that person, or do you just recognize their name? Will they be offended and ignore you, thinking that “friend” isn’t right? You get a warm fuzzy whenever anyone accepts your reques...
40. writing without writing
10 ways to be a better writer... with a twist
writing - improvement
1.5.09 : feature column!

You already know how to be better. You know all the pitfalls, all the traps, all the flaws. You know that to be a better writer, you need to hone your manuscript over and over. You need to work on it until it's the best possible piece of writing you can make it. You need to write and rewrite and re-rewrite. You need to craft your sentences, build your plot, develop your characters. You need to polish that sucker til it shines. Forget all that for now. There are 10 things you can do to be a bet...
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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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