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Writing about writing

There’s an old saying that “Those who can’t, teach.” (And fans of School of Rock will remember Jack Black’s character’s immediately juxtaposed corollary: “And those who can’t teach, teach gym.”) I don’t think that’s true, or at least not often true, but it is funny and it is thought-provoking. Many, maybe most of us, certainly […]

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What do you call it?

The following is the final post of a three-part series on Thomas Pynchon’s novel Inherent Vice. Spoiler warning for those who might want to take the dive: ditto if you’ve heard about the up-coming movie from Paul Thomas Anderson starring Joaquin Phoenix. “Whadda ya call it?” Where I come from that colloquialism means, “Help me […]

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Reread It? Why?

Mitch Hedberg was a funny guy. One of his jokes is an ideal way to introduce today’s topic. Here’s Mitch: I wrote a script and gave it to a guy who reads scripts. And he read it and said he really likes it, but he thinks I need to rewrite it. I said, “Fuck that, […]

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Coincidence Noted

Capture and Release is the name of the game. I am referring to the topic of coincidences that I wrote about in an earlier post here. Not just any coincidences but those that bear on the most meaningful aspects of our lives. Books are a big part of my life, especially those of Vladimir Nabokov, […]

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Errata of Cata

Apart from teaching English conversation (referred to in the profession as English Language to Foreigners, or ELF), one of the duties delineated in my contract consisted of the revision of errors in Cata’s English publications. When Cata achieved independence from China and adopted English as the official language, the rustiness of their usage became quite […]

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The Showing, part two

“If you were an instrument, you’d be a big bassoon.” A softness had entered her voice and she said it without reprimand, without recrimination. Her slender head nestled between his large manly breasts. Then, realizing with a snort of laughter that she had gone off script, she turned to the audience and explained. “Pretty much […]

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What’s This About Cata?

This week’s post will attempt to clear up any confusion for those readers who have only recently joined the Cata series. The following links and blurbs should clarify the overall premise of the narrative and provide the gist of D. Covey’s somewhat haphazard excerpts. In total, the excerpts on Cata include the initial short story […]

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The Showing, part one

I headed out the door with the latest edition of Taste Buds┬árolled into a tube. I had every intention of slapping Big John on the shoulder with it and telling him to get a load of this: “When the works of Ayn Rand were passed around intellectual circles, Cata shrugged.” The Catian reviewer went on […]

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Small Game

The beard had to go. It was like catnip to Catians, making seduction silly easy. And I won’t lie, there was a period of about three weeks when I was either being pulled into a bed or pulled back down into one. Daily, by Dia, Chloe, or Delphine with her velvet divan. Time passes and […]

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Under Cover Of The Night

No one is sure just how long Ambassador Kooning stayed in New York. The Feds must have scrambled like mad after she rejected their offer of lavish accommodations in D.C.. Either she smelled a rat, figuring that the place provided for her would be laced with snooping devices, or she was simply pursuing other interests […]

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