Writing "rough-and-tumblr" instead of...
probably means you need to blog less and write more. One more day!
“Somewhere Nabokov is smiling, if you know what I... →
How have I somehow missed this line EVERY TIME I’ve watched it?
Did I say he lied? No. I said he misunderstood what Denton meant. You can quote...– (via spiers) — You didn’t say “misunderstood.” You said “took out of context,” which implies intentional misleading. I never posed the question “Would a New York journalist lie?” so there was really no reason to pretend to be appalled at my...
I think you wrongly assume that the profiler didn’t take it out of context,...– Spiersblr — As for Molnar, “I find him hugely annoying,” Denton said. “I don’t see what the point is unless you succeed at what you’re doing. I don’t have a huge amount of time for noble failure.” You’re right. I would assume that, if the “him” to whom Denton refers were...
I think people severely misunderstand what Denton means by noble failure. Gawker...– Spiersblr In the context of the profile, it referred specifically to a colleague (with whom he was co-instructing a class) teaching journalism students about reporting a story vs. Denton’s take, which was how to make the story saleable, how to make money. It has nothing to do with the...
Can we talk about THAT Christine O'Donnell story?
This is a joke, Internet. I know you’re already talking about it. There’s a good chance you’re over it already. Some of you have noted that the story is gross, unfair, misogynistic and ultimately, remarkably news and gossip-free, but also Nick Denton doesn’t care because pageviews, money, blah blah “uniques,” other things I don’t understand, etc. And...
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us...– Ira Glass (via theessentialman)
Reading my last post, I'm beginning to think my...
I thought adding “*” footnotes would help. (It hasn’t.)
The Revolution Will Not Be ‘Liked’ – The Hairpin →
elizs: This satire piece is hilarious. I imagine if I knew more about Gladwell it would be even funnier. Liz Colville is honestly the greatest. I loathed that Gladwell NY’er piece. Fire-of-a-thousand-suns-doesn’t-even-begin-to-cover-it hatred.
Actually, Barb, if you use the words “homosexual advocacy,” then there is some...– — Dave Holmes: American Aquarium Drinker: Are You Interested In Being So Furious You Literally Go Blind For About 45 Seconds This Wednesday Morning? How can people fail to understand this? Our entire culture is heteronormative and yet people are still gay! The unexpressed fear of Barb et al...
Nerdshares & NaNoWriMo: On deciding to go sci-fi →
In this episode (in my life that takes place on the other blog), I talk about deciding to write science fiction for NaNoWriMo — like how it removes all the pressure of trying to write great litooratooore (which largely seeks to exclude sci-fi?) so you don’t end up writing three sentences before giving up and searching Hulu for bonus Jersey Shore clips. …I mean bonus No...
“When we see the word “nerd,” we don’t think of women. We almost can’t. All of that geeky energy, that willingness to dive totally into your own anti-social obsessions, is diametrically opposed to our idea of what girls are for. There’s science involved, for one thing. And for another, girls aren’t sorted into cool or uncool; they’re sorted into likable ...
Nerdshares & NaNoWriMo: Project 50K/30 →
I’m doing National Novel Writing Month this year and I’ve started another blahhg for it. Introductory entry below. nerdwrites: My friend Alexis is in charge of this year’s Manhattan chapter of National Novel Writing Month and gently persuaded (N.B. this is markedly different from my own “gentle persuading,” which requires scare quotes because of its strong resemblance to hectoring...
My happiness with human beings is so precarious, my confiding moods rare, and...– Anaïs Nin (via iamtwowithnature)
I’ve noticed something strange. I am incredibly judgmental of judgmental people (who by virtue of being judgmental are totally secure in themselves) and totally non-judgmental of people who are often insecure and sometimes (more than) a little socially awkward and who are typically not very judgmental because they have a host of self-esteem issues. Confidence and personal security are...
a grammar: grammar and usage and TASTE! →
agrammar: This comment is mostly for tumblr user Nerdshares, who was just talking about the DFW essay on grammar and usage. But I’m posting it here as a general idea: Would it be possible for us to treat opinions about grammar and usage sort of the way we treat arts criticism? As in: we accept that there… Do people treat arts criticism that way?! I still geeked out over the DFW essay...
On reading David Foster Wallace's "SNOOT" essay...
Me: And then he does the annoying thing where he states that he knows [obsessive correction of grammar] is pedantic and frustrating but whatever, he can’t help himself. BMichael: But I like his writing, so that I guess just goes with it Me: Yeah, it was the first time I’ve ever really gotten angry with him. BMichael: That’s good, your first fight.
italicsmine: Why wasn’t Jennifer Egan nominated for a National Book Award? Silver lining: Nicole Krauss!!!
Nerdiest comments section ever. →
10/12/10 is the day I almost sent Nick Denton a... →
(He sees charity as little more than a ritualistic bequeathing of good will in the interest of preserving the existing power structure.) Ben McGrath, why is this hidden in a parenthetical? It’s preceded by a comment about Denton not participating in the UES “charity scene.” But is this about charity organizations? Is it about ladies who lunch and sit on committees not...
Dear whoever Googled "continental philosophy...
I love you. I’m sorry there isn’t more continental philosophy on this blog. I will do better.
The Feeling: Last Day to Launch! →
thefeeling italicsmine: My LAUNCH ends at midnight and I am flipping out. Still 160 books left! Previous Flatmancrooked launches sold editions of 200—mine was double that, at 400. This is all to say, if you haven’t launched me yet, and you’ve been considering it, today is the last day to do so. Thank you all for your kindness and enthusiasm this week. I’m really amazed by the generosity...
I also love any reference to the "homosexual...
I am so tempted to start telling people that my feelings about gay marriage are not about civil rights, but just about making inroads so that society will eventually accept my desire to marry/sex several fruitbats and possibly a paso fino. All male, though. I’m not a pervert.
Pair of violent homophobic attacks rock city,... →
From the article: In the other bashing, Jackson, who lives in Chelsea, was also charged with assault as a hate crime and gang assault. He is being held on $7,500 bail. Jackson is accused of yelling, “Go home, f——-s; this is our neighborhood,” when he saw the three men kissing and hugging good night late Friday. “Go home, f——-s” in Chelsea...