WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

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

A novel on Instagram? Author Blaise Lucey tells a story through pix and captions

Why didn’t you think of it? A novel on Instragram? For that matter, why didn’t I think of it! Author Blaise Lucey thought of it, though, and his experiment in … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · 11 Comments