Archive > January 2008

Crushing and being crushed by the GRE

I took the GRE today. In Fairfax. Two hours away. During my naptime. And they wouldn’t let me bring my candy or my Chapstick into the room with me. And I had to ask for a key to use the bathroom, which I hate. And I felt all this pressure to “know things” and to [...]

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Don’t you want to know about my dumbass dream?

I haven’t abandoned my blog, but I have been v. b.z. and v. d.pressed. I will make a full comeback next week, but for now, here is a taste to whet your appetite. MY DORKY DREAM I am at the Jefferson Madison Downtown Regional Library, which will always be my favorite local library even though [...]

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The Atlantic Online

The Atlantic Magazine has recently archived over a decade of its complete issues online. Some of the incomplete content goes back 150 years. My recent reads: Index of Literary Interviews, with Kazuo Ishiguro, Jonathan Franzen, Andrea Barrett, Salman Rushdie, George Saunders, and many more Where Great Writers Are Made: Assessing America’s Top Graduate Writing Programs [...]

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GoodReads, I love you

Sign up for GoodReads.com. It’s the new MySpace. But FaceBook was the new MySpace, which was the new Friendster, which was the new AOL chatroom. Sign up for GoodReads.com.  It’s the new sitting alone in the high school cafeteria before the internet was invented hoping everyone will notice the pretentious book you’re reading.

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Unfair Home Exchange

The BBF and I recently dropped $99.95 to sign up for homeexchange.com. Home Exchange is like Wife Swap, but with houses. Those of you who lack both wives and houses are basically nonentities in this new global economy. The concept behind Home Exchange is brilliant. You own a house in Malibu and you have always [...]

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Free the novel from the writer!

I have the day off and it’s snowing, so I spent the morning on the couch reading Dominick Dunne’s A Season in Purgatory, a book that definitely lives up to its reputation as a page-turner. The story seemed increasingly familiar as I read: Connecticut, Catholicism, cover-ups, panties. I Googled the book and duh – it’s [...]

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I’m still blushing

I just discovered that my website is featured in my favorite local paper! I always read Nell Boeschenstein’s column because we seem to share taste in all things internet, so I was thrilled to be mentioned. Thanks Nell! I have to mention that I was at Court Square Tavern tonight when I picked up the [...]

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Rob Sheffield’s Love Is a Mix Tape

I just read a memoir that the mass of my Charlottesville friends (and my little sister) have been raving about for months–Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield. Rob used to live in Charlottesville with his wife Renee [Rob, did you eventually get [...]

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Working Full Time

I’m tired. I’m drained. I haven’t had any time to write. I think I’ll stay home today to recharge my batteries. What do you mean work is every day?

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Things I am embarrassed about today

a) I spent an hour on a blog post last night, but it meandered from World War II to Britney Spears to T.C. Boyle and by the time I was done writing I realized that I had written about absolutely nothing. b) Today I drove around town running errands with my windows open because it [...]

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