Happy Independence Day


Whatever it may be becoming, and whether today you love it or hate it, Independence Day celebrates the creation of a country with a dream of equality for everyone, a dream that has matured not so much in its vision–which was already profound–but in the inclusivity of the idea of everyone. We need to continue this trend, not allow it to reverse, and we must extend the embrace of the concept of equality ever wider in the years to come.

Now, regarding fireworks, if you’re setting them off, be careful. If you hear how much Macy’s spent, don’t lose your mind. And if you’re just watching, enjoy and maybe even sing Katy Perry songs.

Happy Independence Day Eve, and Happy Independence Day

The Architecture Of Everything

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Thought Catalog — very cool piece that just about lives up to its title.

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

I always liked writing books — not that I published any of them as seeking publication is a whole other job that doesn’t interest me at all. I just like writing. And, with the book as distinct from the essay, I enjoyed building this elaborate edifice, this convoluted structure of rooms and hallways, verandas and vistas, gardens, atria, and arcades.

It began with my dissertation (oh, my, that’s 1997). Many grad students endlessly kvetch about their dissertations but not me. I loved it. It was like building my dream house from the inside out. I’d hint at a foundation, sure, but then I’d go and build this incredible (to me!) space in which I roamed about Paul Ricoeur. Then, I’d construct this fancy little passageway that lead to Paul de Man; around the corner, to Harold Bloom; and then this small rumpus room that I named Derrida. Oh, but that…

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One of the hardest things I’ve been trying to do over the past ten years is blogging consistently.  As of this moment, I’m in the middle of a total overhaul of everything I’ve been doing online…in a quest to find what?  Well, I guess we’ll find out.

On Asteroids, Stereoscopic Novels and Time



I had the pleasure of auditing a class taught by the author of this essay. As with everything I’ve seen from Alexander Chee so far, this piece not only covers interesting ground for writers, but also for everyone’s personal journey.

Originally posted on Koreanish:

Tuesday night, as an asteroid was coming very close to striking Earth, I was re-reading a graphic novel I was teaching,  Asterios Polyp, that concludes with an asteroid hurtling at the main character, who is, yes, on Earth. I thought about the irony of it, partly because it is the kind of irony the book thrives on–mirrored worlds–and through that, I began thinking about the structure of it.

Structure is on my mind a great deal of late. Earlier that evening I took a break to go and walk around in the moonlit city with my friend Merrill Feitell, author of the short story collection Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes. We were getting caught up after not seeing each other since AWP in Denver. Merrill has a long-standing interest in the structure of fiction, and so I ran by her some problems I’ve been solving for in my novel, regarding…

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