In case it’s not clear by now, I try to keep pretty busy. Here’s some other stuff I’ve done around the net.
Painting’s Just My Day Job – Essay about how working as a housepainter helped me develop better writing habits.
Why I Worked Unpaid Overtime for Two Years – Essay about one of my worst Day Job experiences and how the very real pressure to work overtime can affect anyone.
Just Before the Sakura-jima Eruption – Short travel piece about my trip to the Sakura-jima volcano in southern Japan the day of its first 2016 eruption.
From The Charleston Anvil art and lit mag:
- I Got Yelled at in the Books-A-Million Cafe for Reading a Sex Scene (from Issue 4) – Essay. The title says it all.
- On the Rationality of Couplehood (from Issue 3) – Some brief thoughts about relationships.
- Blissful Ignorance, Namelessness, and the Cigarette Smoking Man From The X-Files (from Issue 2) – Essay about how one of my favorite TV characters embodies how reluctant we are to accept things we don’t want to hear.
- One Nation, Indivisible (from Issue 1) – Short story about a conversation with a telemarketer gone awry.
Adjunct Crisis: Labor Issues in Higher Education – Podcast co-produced with Jason Hertz where we talk with adjunct professor Chris Small about working conditions and job availability in academia.
Apples Are Grown in Aomori – Photo essay about my trip to northern Japan, published in Eastlit.
How Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Changed My Life – Another podcast, this one with an essay I wrote for an episode of The Drunken Odyssey’s Books That Changed My Life series.
Leaked Literature: Why We Should Respect Salinger’s Wishes – Essay for The Millions about how the 2014 bootleg J.D. Salinger manuscript shows how the author shaped pre-Catcher in the Rye Holden Caulfield.
A Wave of the Hand – My first blog of offbeat nonfiction, straight-up fiction, and miscellaneous reflections, kept from 2007 to early 2016. Here’s a few favorite entries:
- Why I Hate Being Called Buddy – In which I explain one of my biggest pet peeves by using a scene from Better Off Dead and review Savage Steve Holland’s horrendous follow-up, One Crazy Summer.
- Fuck Your Impractical Hipster Room Decorations – In which I show why hipster room decorating culture annoys me by using examples from the now-defunct Fuck Your Noguchi Coffee Table blog.
- When the Market Basket Workers Fight Back, Everyone Wins – In which I explain how the 2014 Market Basket grocery store strikes represent a struggle for a better workplace.
- A Response to Chick-fil-A Employees Saying “My Pleasure” Instead of “You’re Welcome – In which I reflect on the standardization of chain restaurants to the point where they regulate their employees’ word choices.