Obsessions Find You

I have not posted a damned thing here for a year and one half. I’ve changed jobs, changed houses, and changed minds since then. I’ve also fallen prey to a powerful obsession. China. Everyone needs an obsession. Ten years ago, I lived in China. I lived one year in the coastal city of Yantai and…

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Gospel of Anarchy

For the last month, I’ve been thinking about this blog post by Katy Derbyshire “Richard Kämmerlings: Das kurze Glück der Gegenwart”. Despite the pedantic sounding title, Derbyshire’s posting is in praise of the first person in critical writing about books. She uses Kammerling as a an example of how German book critics are beginning to…

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James Joyce’s Dirty Letters

This is how they sexted in 1909. http://loveletters.tribe.net/thread/fce72385-b146-4bf2-9d2e-0dfa6ac7142d It is difficult to choose a favorite quote but here’s a sample: The smallest things give me a great cockstand – a whorish movement of your mouth, a little brown stain on the seat of your white drawers, a sudden dirty word spluttered out by your wet…

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The Verificationist

I have found my next book to read, started it moments ago, and only a few pages in I’m lovin’ it. The Verifiicationist by Donald Antrim –Facebook status update of December 15th I have a thing for greasy diners and coffee shops.  I love ’em, the smell of stale grease, eggs made to order at…

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