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Reluctant Habits

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The Social Media Fast

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:46:44 +0000

(image) I've started to take an extended break from social media to embrace reality and now see just how frivolous this whole business of holding grudges against strangers truly is.

Vermeer (Modern Library Nonfiction #83)

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:48:34 +0000

(image) Lawrence Gowing may have been a "critic's critic," but his nimble ruminations on Vermeer remind us that art is worth studying entirely on its own terms.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Modern Library #76)

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 19:25:55 +0000

(image) Two days before the great Muriel Spark's 100th birthday, we dive (once again) into her magnificent masterpiece about knowing other people and become quite ensnared in the obsessive quest to know all the details.

The Moral Obligation to Stop and Convert Petty Tyrants

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:05:43 +0000

(image) Donald Trump's dangerous tweet towards North Korea is part of a massive cultural catastrophe that has afflicted America. The petty tyrant, both big and small, has become far too accepted in American life. This essay represents an attempt to pinpoint petty tyranny in many forms and argues why we must start to listen and understand each other.

Ben Dolnick, Accidental Fascist

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:32:12 +0000

(image) Behold! A Horatio Alger-like story of a bespectacled white male writer in Brooklyn!

A Bright Shining Lie (Modern Library Nonfiction #84)

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 23:41:44 +0000

(image) Neil Sheehan's journalistic masterpiece not only deftly unpacks the American mentality that landed us in Vietnam. The book is also a vital portrait of the type of personality that American culture has lionized for many years, often placing into a position that permanently alters the lives of many.

The Limits of Moral Depravity (NaNoWriMo #9)

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 20:54:14 +0000

(image) Six years earlier, Alex and Dottie discuss the limits of moral depravity.

The Intake (NaNoWriMo #8)

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:12:31 +0000

(image) Alex conducts an intake on his backgammon partner, finds his authority as an abrogator challenged, and steps over the line in order to save his own skin.

Elevator Romp (NaNoWriMo #7)

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:13:16 +0000

(image) Our hero Alex arrives at work and discovers a surprise in the elevator.

Bumper to Bumper (NaNoWriMo #6)

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 23:07:08 +0000

(image) In our latest chapter, our hero Alex crosses the Scott Baio Memorial Bridge in a limo, learns just how much the love of his life has changed under fascist rule, and discovers that there's always a way to get to work on time in New Amagaca if you have the right connections.

The Daily Seven: A NaNoWriMo Novel — Table of Contents

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 02:04:28 +0000

(image) The table of contents for an accidental NaNoWriMo project.

The Betrayal (NaNoWriMo #5)

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 00:35:18 +0000

(image) In our latest chapter, Alex recognizes the woman inside the limo and recalls what he and many others lost as America devolved into New Amagaca.

Every Subject’s Soul is His Own (NaNoWriMo #4)

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 16:41:09 +0000

(image) In our latest chapter, our hero Alex finds himself in an unfamiliar neighborhood, surrounded by under threes jeopardizing his status rating. We reveal why it is so important for him to get to work and why he has rejected New Amagaca's hookup culture.

We’ll Always Have Brunch (NaNoWriMo #3)

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:43:12 +0000

(image) In the next NaNoWriMo installment, Alex finds a moment of peace in New Amagaca before being aroused by the call for all loyal citizens to have brunch.

A Pot of Tea (NaNoWriMo #2)

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 14:41:52 +0000

(image) My weird dystopian NaNoWriMo novel continues, as we follow our protagonist into a New Amagacan single billet with the woman he met in the death house's designated regurgitation zone.

The Daily Seven (NaNoWriMo #1)

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 17:04:11 +0000

(image) This is the first chapter of a NaNoWriMo novel I wrote this morning and that I may or may not continue.

Maybe It’s Not The End

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:16:12 +0000

(image) An unanticipated subway showdown that transformed into an unexpected dialogue has me reconsidering a recent dramatic decision.

The Unfathomable Mistake of Kevin Spacey

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:56:36 +0000

(image) Kevin Spacey's statement was a wrongheaded move that reinforces what men in power are allowed to get away with. If we are to find restitution and atonement for all, the victimizers must be more careful about assertions of ego and identity.

The Strange Dread of Being Alone with Your Thoughts

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 03:12:26 +0000

(image) Why are some people (especially men) terrified of sitting by themselves and contending with their thoughts and possibilites?

Finnegans Wake (Modern Library #77)

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:29:14 +0000

(image) After five years of reading the Wake (and many other books), the Modern Library Reading Challenge (fiction edition) is back.

West with the Night (Modern Library Nonfiction #85)

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:18:46 +0000

(image) Beryl Markham's adventurous masterpiece is one of the finest poetic memoirs of the 20th century. So why are so many people trying to claim that she didn't write it?

5. Compassion Fatigue (The Gray Area)

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 18:55:36 +0000

(image) Emma is a top-notch psychiatrist who can change the lives of the most difficult patients imaginable. But there's a great personal cost to her formidable talents that she's not telling anyone about, an internal torment eating away at her inner life that she's hiding from her patients and her professional peers and that a quiet survivor of an abusive relationship may just have the answer for. (Running time: 25 minutes)

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4.5. The Waiting Room (The Gray Area)

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 18:51:10 +0000

(image) Virginia Gaskell finds herself on the other side of the portal that lured her in, greeted by an extremely exuberant (and strangely familiar) receptionist, some squawking avians that aren't quite okay with her love of chicken fajitas, and further mysteries about how the universes rupture into each other. (Running time: 7 minutes)

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4. Loopholes (The Gray Area)

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 23:50:35 +0000

(image) As a thriving empire faces war with ferocious barbarians, a mischievous scholar named Minerva hopes to bring law and civilization to a great realm populated by talking birds, giant rats, gregarious knights, elemental gods, and menacing malasanders. An unanticipated dispute among the knights gives Minerva an opportunity to uphold the doctrine of moral principles, but Minerva finds herself testing her loyalty to her aide-de-camp while helping others to learn what honor, empathy, and identity really mean. (Running time: 32 minutes)

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Donald Trump is a Filthy Animal Who Must Be Impeached

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 18:56:47 +0000

(image) Donald Trump is too dangerous and too boorish to serve as President of the United States. He must be impeached immediately.

This Boy’s Life (Modern Library Nonfiction #86)

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:21:34 +0000

(image) Tobias Wolff's memoir is an authentic portrait of negotiating the fakery and myths of American life, an alternative to being prepared or putting in too much effort.

3. Fuel to the Fire (The Gray Area)

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 21:22:57 +0000

(image) An artisanal mustard retailer from Astoria finds herself in a strange realm with the ability to set things on fire. Meanwhile, Ed Champion continues his investigation into Miss Gaskell's disappearance, meeting a woman in mourning who may hold the answer to his own strange curse. (Running time: 19 minutes)

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2. Brand Awareness (The Gray Area)

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 21:15:56 +0000

(image) Joanna loves Eclipse Ale. It's the best beer in the world. She has boxes of Eclipse memorabilia. She regularly wears Eclipse baseball caps. But on one rainy night, Joanna discovers that this happy relationship (along with the relationship with her boyfriend) is not what it seems. Why can't she remember what her boyfriend gave her on their second anniversary? And why doesn't anybody know about Eclipse Ale?

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1.5. Dissociation (The Gray Area)

Tue, 02 May 2017 14:17:10 +0000

(image) Greg Sutton, a fidgety young man who is a little too fixated on selling himself, sees his psychiatrist for the first time in months, hoping to find answers about his lost childhood and how to get back the woman he loves. But his own quick fix solution to his problems is not quite what the psychiatrist had in mind.

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1. Hello (The Gray Area)

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 02:47:19 +0000

(image) A man wakes up in his apartment with a hazy memory of the night before. He's greeted in bed by a mysterious woman who keeps saying, “Hello.” But she seems to know far more about his life than he ever could have told her in one night. And as the rats gnaw mercilessly from within the walls, she has a few bold and shocking answers as to why he's so afraid.

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