On Fandom

The release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which I haven’t seen and am feeling little-to-no temptation to see, got me thinking about my relationship with the things I claim to be a fan of. Of course, we identify ourselves to others (and to ourselves) through our fandoms. The cultural products we consume are synecdoche… Continue reading On Fandom

You’re Not Making A Sequel To That, Are You?

Word around the campfire is that Netflix, home of some excellent original shows like Orange Is the New Black* and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, is planning to give us the sequel to Full House. (from New York Magazine): Everywhere you look, there’s an old show (or movie!) being made anew. TV Line reports that Netflix is very close to… Continue reading You’re Not Making A Sequel To That, Are You?

The Fun Bits Of Editing Galleys for Summer of Long Knives

–Research the origin of the expression “Bull dyke”. (It’s actually a fascinating story.) –Discriminate between the terms “in stir” and “in the stir”. –Research why, and exactly when, Germany switched to 24 hour clocks. This is what I call fun: trawling slang dictionaries, the OED, other obscure books and databases. Is it any wonder Willow… Continue reading The Fun Bits Of Editing Galleys for Summer of Long Knives

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

–I’m afraid none of my habits conform to those of the famous writers in this article in the Atlantic. My habits bear a closer resemblance to those of Franz Kafka, a man who, as Zadie Smith put it, wasted a lot of time. (Me too.) Begley is particularly astute on the bizarre organization of Kafka’s writing… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?