Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mike Lacher "I'm Comic Sans, Asshole" McSweeney's Internet Tendency

Never, never forget the wonder that is McSweeney's Internet Tendency.

Today I read Mike Lacher's "I'm Comic Sans, Asshole," and was fully delighted. My lust of words and conviction that life is worthwhile have been renewed.

"Listen up. I know the shit you've been saying behind my back. You think I'm stupid. You think I'm immature. You think I'm a malformed, pathetic excuse for a font. Well think again, nerdhole, because I'm Comic Sans, and I'm the best thing to happen to typography since Johannes fucking Gutenberg."

Go. And read the rest.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Julie Bosman "After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses" The New York Times

"In a nod to the realities of the digital age — and, in particular, the competition from the hugely popular Wikipedia — Encyclopaedia Britannica will focus primarily on its online encyclopedias and educational curriculum for schools, company executives said."

A noteworthy sign of the paradigm shift.


Monday, March 5, 2012

Erin Anderson "A Lesson in Destruction" The Summerset Review

"Of all the masculine ways the military taught me to destroy, it was ironic that my most destructive act would be particularly feminine. I had not expected to kill anybody in the first place, not so soon after the end of the Vietnam War, but at nineteen, I did not yet know what I was capable of doing."

A work of nonfiction, Erin Anderson's "A Lesson in Destruction" appears in The Summerset Review and gives the writer's story after joining the US Army in 1979.

The pace of this narrative is rapid, and episodes are conveyed with moving clarity. The writer's life in basic training and then later in Germany are tangible and vivid. 

Expecting to use her language ability, the writer finds out the reality of life serving during peacetime--until her big mission.

This is a very good read. Check it out.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Elizabeth Kadetsky "The Memory Pavilion" Post Road Magazine

Having worked with her at Our Stories workshop and literary journal, and having read her work previously, it was a pleasant surprise to come across Elizabeth Kadetsky's work of nonfiction "The Memory Pavilion" in the always-stellar Post Road Magazine. The piece features the writer reflecting on dreams of a childhood apartment.

"Our building accounted for the largest single demographic of students at the elementary school, and took up a whole block. With the pretension intrinsic to the moment, it had been named The Pavilion."

The narrative centers on the health and declining memory of the writer's mother, who is described as dying a little bit more each day, and who is being taken care of by an older sister. Phone calls and the tension and stress inherent in these kinds of threesomes exude through the narrative's tone as well as through episodes sometimes explained through the prism of yogic concepts.

A densely meaningful, extremely worthwhile read. Check this out.