free speculative

Fiction: everyone must vote. You can vote “none of the above” but mandatory voting. Go.

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more wisdom from the bachelor

How the worst possible thing that can happen in that parable-land of american culture is: awkward. How things feeling awkward = abort abort abort. How much effort into reducing possible awkward. How horribly this maps onto our real life culture problems. In education, in internet culture, in divided, isolated communities.

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two bullet points

  • I really wish that every non-right-wing or bible newspaper would have a regular column reporting the reporting that so much of the country receives as news.
  • I am really worried b/c I have a piece coming out in Harpers derived from things people sent to me anonymously for the project (tried to be super careful about it) and now that I sent them news that it’s coming out I haven’t heard a peep from them. I realize that I hoped it would mean a lot to people but maybe it doesn’t if your name’s not on it? I worry especially about the students who participated. The piece means a lot to me, the process meant a lot to me. Maybe they are all so busy making national news protesting the astonishing asshole campus guests that this is just not on their radar. That would be okay I guess. Winky emoticon.
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election

just wondering if the way that pop-country-white-man singers seem to win “the voice” all the time tells us anything about the current electorate.

keep thinking of other things to write besides my book.

 

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post election apoc

It took me this long to deactivate facebook. that is all I am saying about my own small idiocy right now.

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tweets

some tweets I wrote for apocalypse paperback release:
I had the sense I’d live forever so I married her believing there’d be time once she was gone.
We all agreed to the terms of service
She stuffed the fluffiest item into the case and took it with her.
Weather dot com helped them plan a trip outside.
She had her babe in one arm and her ground beef in the other.
Ultra filtered milk from cows not treated with rBSTt has 50% more this and 30% more that.
Pushing the airplane volume down eventually blackened the video. But there were hundreds more!
In this apocalypse, all the cars on the road out of town were delivering for amazon.
If you had to choose btwn animals and people what would you choose? Me too. People. #evilmoviequote
He remembered the internet.

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miss

working on my book. have yet to figure out how to work on book while paying attention to my job. it’s so all or nothing. plus not very well. posting in the interest of making a record of making a book.

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architecture

look! I’m part of architecture. Too bad I can’t get it to upload not blurry.  14233239_10154533211009846_260159621652810527_n

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speculative design

Been paying a little attention to current trends in “upscale” “luxury” housing designs. Wandered around some model homes in a new california development. Now in all the master bathrooms (master bathrooms!  master!) there is no sign of a toilet— the toilet has its own room that looks like a closet. An american wc I guess. I’ve only seen them before in fancy restaurants. But this is just to say here’s an idea for a piece of speculative fiction I won’t write: all these rich kids growing up in houses (and I’m guessing private schools’ bathrooms will follow restaurants and homes…) that make it possible for them to believe that they are the only ones whose sh+t stinks and what is the psycho-social outcome of that lived experience?

 

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that felt great

Now– just this morning– when I worried about one focalization in the book depicting in a is-it-synchronous-or-is-it-convenient way that has plagued me, I thought “that’s just how this book is”– like for the first time maybe–

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