WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Mac smack

Last month Apple released its new version of the iMac, and since my old one, vintage 2011, has recently passed away, I’ve had my eye on a replacement. Problem is, … Continue reading

June 18, 2021 · 9 Comments

Writing is like busking … or can be

This article about a San Francisco busker reminds me of my long-ago days of busking in the London Underground when I was a student. This guy says he averages about … Continue reading

December 26, 2019 · 2 Comments

Pet peeve Wednesday

My internet’s too slow! I grow impatient in my middle age. More and more as I “surf the web,” as we used to say, I find it takes eons for … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · 9 Comments

No e-grets? Or, The Way We Whir

Started reading a collection of essays by Rebecca Solnit the other day and came across one that I could really relate to. It’s about how things used to be. In … Continue reading

June 16, 2016 · 20 Comments

Tools of the tirade

This piece in the Paris Review reminds me that I was a pretty early adopter of the personal word processor. Yes, in the 1980s … I remember how annoying it … Continue reading

May 17, 2016 · 14 Comments

Where there’s smoke …

So I couldn’t resist. I grabbed a Kindle Fire this weekend for the low low price of $39.99. (Sorry, it’s already back up to $49.99 today!) For one thing, I … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · 11 Comments

Fiction and technology — a guest post by Audrey Driscoll

A couple of weeks ago, I did a post about how writers today are steering clear of references to modern technology. Well, Audrey Driscoll, a supremely thoughtful writer, thinker, and … Continue reading

April 12, 2016 · 11 Comments

An experimental way to publish a novel, or, “artificial dissemination”

I have an interesting idea a-brewing. A mere notion at this point. Maybe a whim, an impulse. Possibly just a funny feeling. I was chatting with Susan Toy recently about … Continue reading

April 6, 2016 · 39 Comments

Why does fiction eschew modern gizmos?

In my interview with Blaise Lucey last week, he raised an issue I’ve been thinking a lot about myself. Has fiction lost touch with reality? Blaise meant, specifically, that novelists … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · 33 Comments

Blaise Lucey interview: Part 2

Yesterday I ran Part 1 of an interview I did with author Blaise Lucey, who, among other things, is currently serializing a novel on Instagram called Luxury Coops. You can … Continue reading

March 17, 2016 · 4 Comments