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new eyes on old objects

Posted on Nov 21, 2008 in Blog | 1 comment

Last night as Anjula and Arjun and I were coming home from a school event, Arjun looked up at the sky and said, “Look at all the stars.” The night was absolutely black, no moon, and the sky was full with them, the Milky Way clearly visible. Arjun said, “They’re like snow.” And in that moment, I could see what he saw. And I could also see that where I struggle for simile and metaphor, to take something common and make it visible again, even to myself, let alone a reader, Arjun, at 4 and half, when everything is still new, does it...

What kind of blog are you?

Posted on Nov 20, 2008 in Blog, misc | 5 comments

The Typealizer tool claims to analyze your blog and classify your type. Here’s the result for windupstories.com: INTP – The Thinkers The logical and analytical type. They are especialy attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle connections between things and imagine far-reaching implications. They enjoy working with complex things using a lot of concepts and imaginative models of reality. Since they are not very good at seeing and understanding the needs of other people, they might come across as arrogant, impatient and insensitive to people that need some time to understand what they...

Prodigies vs. Late Bloomers

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 in Blog | 3 comments

A great article in the New Yorker called “Late Bloomers” concerning artistic genius. Genius, in the popular conception, is inextricably tied up with precocity—doing something truly creative, we’re inclined to think, requires the freshness and exuberance and energy of youth. Orson Welles made his masterpiece, “Citizen Kane,” at twenty-five. Herman Melville wrote a book a year through his late twenties, culminating, at age thirty-two, with “Moby-Dick.” Mozart wrote his breakthrough Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-Flat-Major at the age of twenty-one. It goes on to explore that assumption, using examples such as Picasso, who came charging out of the gate fully formed, contrasted against Cezanne, who took an extraordinary...

hedge funder, marijuana, crazy profits and good government

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 in Blog, money | 4 comments

Great letter from a hedge fund manager who is quitting. This is what he sent out to his clients. http://images.nymag.com/images/2/daily/2008/10/20081017_lahde.pdf I always fantasized about getting absurdly rich and then walking away, but I always figured I’d die early, while I was still in the getting-absurdly-rich-and-also-miserable phase. It’s interesting too that he turns to a plea for common sense sustainability choices and improved government at the end. And the weed. Don’t forget the...

How to celebrate?

Posted on Oct 19, 2008 in Blog, The Windup Girl, Writing | 6 comments

Now that I’ve gotten over the killer cold that felled me immediately after I finished work on THE WINDUP GIRL, I’m trying to figure out how I’m supposed to celebrate the fact that, for the first time in a couple years, I don’t have a looming project. I kept telling myself that when I finished work on this thing that I’d reward myself somehow. But now that I’m done, I don’t have any ideas. Anyone else have things they like to do after they finish their writing projects? How do you mark your...

anecdotal evidence of economic meltdown

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 in Blog, food, politics | 2 comments

Living in the middle of nowhere, it sometimes feels like we’re insulated from larger national events. Housing values in our part of Colorado have actually remained fairly stable, etc. But I’ve just heard about a couple of friends, one a software developer at a major software company who has been laid off, and the other, a magazine editor at a magazine that’s currently on the ropes because of advertising losses, and I can see the chinks appearing in the illusion of stability that I’ve created for myself. So far, we’re still fairly unaffected personally, but I’m starting to have little economic apocalypse fantasies. I guess we’ll know if things...

Yeah, the GOP blows…

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 in Blog, politics |

… but it doesn’t reflect well on a America as whole, either. Because even if this GOP group is getting dinged for putting it out publicly, it means there’s a whole ecosystem of low-life Americans gleefully generating this stuff and passing it around, winking and flashing their hate signs just below the radar. We ought to thank the group who put this up, they’re holding a mirror up to exactly where we are, and where we still aren’t. (got this from Andrew Sullivan’s blog. I’m a junkie for him, at the...

writing music

Posted on Oct 15, 2008 in Blog, The Windup Girl, Writing | 9 comments

Okay, everyone made fun of me when they heard that I was listening to Nickelback. I make no claims of having good taste. As I was finishing up THE WINDUP GIRL my soundtrack largely consisted of: Sean Paul Avril Lavigne Daddy Yankee Nelly Paul Wall The Blackeyed Peas Fergie David Guetta What do you listen to when you write? Any suggestions for...

mass turkey carnage…

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 in Blog, home town | 3 comments

And no, Thanksgiving didn’t arrive early. I got this email from a friend who lives nearby: “We had mass carnage at the turkey farm yesterday…Dave and I went out early in the morning to walk the dog and feed the turkeys and found a gruesome scene. Something got into the turkey pen. No clue as to what or how the hell it got in. At least 8 turkeys dead, three more badly wounded, one of whom died overnight. We’re still finding turkey parts all over.” Ahh, country life. So bucolic, when it isn’t drenched in blood. And for more rural fun, here’s a picture of our neighbor’s cows....