He said he’d meet me at the clinic after it was done and bring me to his place to recover. But of course I ended up taking the bus back home. I sat outside for an hour, flipping my phone open and closed, occasionally looking at the time, making sure I hadn’t somehow missed his call even though I hadn’t put the fucking thing down for even a second. You know how boys like him are,...
And they all pretend they’re orphans And their memory’s like a...– Tom Waits, “Time”
A word about the title. I am not unaware that it is an example of the monster...– Borges, “A New Refutation of Time”
I just woke up and realized that today is Thanksgiving. Since when did time start moving independent of my awareness of it?
Released in 1998 — not coincidentally, about the time Gen Y was hitting 18 —...– In today’s column: In the Aeroplane over the Sea, revisited. (via jimhanas) best album ever
Eddie Wright Is Kickstarting Tyranny →
tyrannyofthemuse: The amazing Moxie Mezcal features Tyranny of the Muse on MoxieMezcal.com!
So you don't have a Kindle? No big deal!
tsunamianthologyinfo: You can view and read Kizuna: Fiction for Japan (and other ebooks) via a myriad of other readers (such as MobiReader < Windows), but for your one stop needs, get Calibre. It not only views/reads ebooks, but you can create your own ebooks as well! Works with Windows, Mac, Linux and portable devices! Amazon UK Amazon DE If you have trouble with the links, type KIZUNA...
Kizuna: Fiction for Japan: Kizuna ebook for your... →
tsunamianthologyinfo: Kizuna: Fiction for Japan (a charity anthology) > US Kizuna: Fiction for Japan (a charity anthology) > UK Kizuna: Fiction for Japan (a charity anthology) > DE March 11, 2011 - Three prefectures in northeastern Japan are devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, and a massive tsunami that…
Los espejos y la cópula son abominables, porque multiplican el número de los...– J. L. Borges
New E-book Single :: Gagapocalypse
Three audacious and darkly satirical short stories about fame, media obsession, and men behaving badly. :: Viral :: A YouTube star reflects bitterly on his fifteen minutes of fame. :: No. 1 :: A honeymooning couple accidentally film the suicide of a famous pop star. :: Gagapocalypse :: A music critic imagines that Lady Gaga is brainwashing listeners into Manchurian Candidate sleeper...
I want to be surrounded by porn people who love me for what I am, who say,...– http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2011/05/lars-von-trier-nazi-cannes-melancholia-hitler.html
I just want to say for the record that I understand Lars Von Trier. I think he said some wrong things, yes, absolutely. He’s not what you would call a good guy, but I understand much about him, and I sympathize with him a little bit. He was also one of God’s best children.
Eternal Earthbound Pets: Let an atheist take care of your pets after the rapture :: http://eternal-earthbound-pets.com/
The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science
Evolution required us to react very quickly to stimuli in our environment. It’s a “basic human survival skill.” We push threatening information away; we pull friendly information close. We apply fight-or-flight reflexes not only to predators, but to data itself. http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/03/denial-science-chris-mooney
Kizuna: Fiction for Japan: Approved Titles →
tsunamianthologyinfo: In the interest of keeping people excited about the anthology, I am releasing a list of stories that have been approved. Alphabetical by author. “Humanitas Ex” - Volker Baetz “Dissolution” - Glynn Barrass “The Push of Man” - L. Chirstopher Bird “Back Beyond The Hedgerow” - Elizabeth Black “YARA-MA-YHA-WHO” - Christene Britton-Jones
Shelby’s conversation that day ranged from the occult significance of the...– http://www.revisionisthistory.org/kingkill33.html
Free will may just be a lie we tell ourselves, but... →
In the Lighthouse Interview
Thanks to Tom Lichtenberg of Pigeon Weather Productions for picking me as the first interview for his new In the Lighthouse feature. The interview’s highlights include: I make several irresponsibly uninformed wild predictions about the future of publishing I give a few teaser tidbits about upcoming projects Tom says some nice things about me then makes a couple amusing remarks about the...
The God App >> If It Didn't Exist, We'd Need to...
Seems like everyone has an idea for an iPhone app these days. It’s a scene that plays out with increasing familiarity… you get cornered at a party by some earnest, if deluded, armchair entrepreneur who waits eagerly for you to take a sip of your cocktail, thus rendering you speechless long enough for them to utter the dreaded phrase, “You know, the other day I came up with the...
Those two guys on Jeopardy obviously don’t watch a lot of sci-fi; otherwise, they’d have known that all you have to do to defeat a supercomputer is ask it what love is.
OK let’s get something clear about Egypt and Tunisia… These were not online revolutions. Twitter did not overthrow any government. The internet, smartphones, twitter, facebook… these are tools. Useful tools, but tools nonetheless. But if those people hadn’t taken to the streets and taken direct action, then no one would have given a shit. Which isn’t to say...
Catholic Guilt? There's an App for That →
New confession app for iPhone sanctioned by the Catholic Church of the United States
C’mere, kid. You wanna know the secret of existence? I’ll tell...
This Is a Youth Uprising
Egypt Youths Play New Role: Driving a Revolt “For decades, Egypt’s authoritarian president, Hosni Mubarak tolerated a tiny and toothless opposition of liberal intellectuals whose vain electoral campaigns created the facade of a democratic process. But this all too comfortable relationship was upended this week by the emergence of an unpredictable force, the leaderless tens of...
As I turn the tv on I can feel its mechanical cockroaches chattering inside my brain, and it makes me smile. They stand up as he takes the podium, slabs of slowly-rotting meat stupidly slapping their palms together like a chorus line of trained sea lions. In another forty years every single person in that room will probably be dead. Melanoma über alles. I want to see what these fuckers look...
She dropped her Kindle into the foot tub when she nodded off during her...– Overheard Conversation, First World Problem
Looking up into the sky, he saw an albatross hanging motionless overhead in a way that reminded him of that Pink Floyd song. Her style was something akin to a gutterpunk wandering into a paintball match. Truth is boring, and when people clamor for honesty, what they are really asking for is convincing lies. “They were soul mates,” he said, “if you believe in that sort of...
Like a Casio keyboard with a case of arrhythmia...
He nodded his head as if following a beat while his speakers blared out a slow, meandering synth line with no discernible melody and only the most fleeting flirtation with rhythm. It was just random bleeps and buzzes, like a Casio keyboard that had developed a case of arrhythmia, its only conceivable virtue being a passing resemblance to a handful of video game sound effects half-remembered...
No one ever truly creates something from nothing. There are no more original...
Mark Landis, Prolific Art Forger →
His heart beating so hard he could feel the pulsations in his ears, he pushed through the museum door and emerged into the sunlight. It took every last scrap of self-control not to look back, break into a sprint, or scream out exuberantly. They’ll never know.
It starts the same way every time. Twenty-three seconds. The shot rings out loudly, even over the camera’s weak microphone, and a burst of red explodes from the back of her head. For a split second she keeps looking at the camera, but then she collapses out of view, dropping to the ground. The video goes chaotic, shaking violently as I jog towards her. Like a ghoul, I keep filming.
“We’re milking this thing baby!” — T-Pain on the I Am T-Pain microphone “It gives you the classic T-Pain sound. I mean, it makes you sound awesome. If you ever want to sound good while you’re singing — you’re going to need this.” I want to auto-tune everything I say. “Smile! You’re so fucking famous!” — Lady GaGa...
Calmly Rational Music Reviews | Lady GaGa
The Fame Monster Lady GaGa is an Illuminatus. Every single song on this record is a coded revelation of the Egyptian mysteries. I give it five out of five fives.
Crassly Phallocentric Music Reviews | Die Antwoord
$O$ by Die Antwoord (Afrikaans for “The Answer”) is raunchy, high-energy, hook-infused hip hop from South Africa. It’s like listening to that guy from District 9 rapping. About his cock. I seriously can’t stop playing this record, it’s insanely infectious. I give it four out of five prawns.
Crassly Phallocentric Music Reviews | Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Most men say will that if they if they could suck their own dicks, they’d never leave the house. But not Kanye. He left his house. To make this record. To tell the world. An impassioned, inventive, and in-your-face paean to autofellatious excess, I give it four out of five ouroboroses.
She jams the earbuds in and cranks up her iPod. She feels the sharp pain in her ear, a pain that’s lately become too frequent and pronounced to ignore. She knows that she’s doing irreparable damage, that one day she may lose her hearing… (she thinks about Marguerite’s voice) …but at times like this, there’s no other kind of therapy that...
I want to smell like celluloid. I want to be a mink-wrapped diva with nicotine...
He turned to me under the oppressive heat of the stage lights and said, All I’m saying is it’s 2011, already the second decade of the new millennium, so how can we still not have a fifty-cent piece with 50 Cent on it? I mean, Fiddy’s been shot like nine times. JFK only got shot once. Cue laugh track.