Monthly Archives: January 2013

Crazy doesn’t go with my shirt

Boundaries are like magic. You know they exist because you can feel them. Like men who stand too close to you in elevators. Dude, we have this whole space. Two steps back.

I have a physical sensation now of flags on the play when something … Read more

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The Next Big Thing

Bett Norris, dynamic writer, tagged me to contribute to The Next Big Thing. A chance for writers to dish some dirt on their forthcoming work. Let’s get filthy.

What is the working title of your book?

The working title was Tales of a Vocabulary Read more

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Setlist

I had my first interview for Giraffe People this week, and one of the questions was “What is your ultimate playlist?” Oh. Man. How much time do you have? And for which age? Like now? This moment? Bjork is kicking through the speakers just now. … Read more

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Doctor Who?

She has, in her hands, a small metal instrument that looks like a cross between a tattoo machine, a dental tool, and a paint sprayer. “Close your eyes,” she says, and a moment later she’s spraying my face with foundation. It’s like being outdoors in … Read more

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Child star

I’m not entirely sure how any child star survives to adulthood. I remember seeing footage of Shirley Temple’s birthday party — all the other kids & the piles of presents — only to learn halfway through the old footage, that it had all been staged … Read more

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Trumbo

I worked for a woman for several years, and believed in her mission — the larger goals of what she was attempting — but I found, as the years went on, that she was an ethically sketchy person. One of those people who begins with … Read more

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Careful

We got a memory-card reader for our camera, and it turned out there were some old photos on a few of the cards. Look at us! Younger. Often with a blown out reddish corruption just to the left of us as the previous camera failed. … Read more

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Slide Show

I didn’t grow up driving in snow. (She says. Nearly defensively.) My formative years were spent in Hawaii. And it’s important to remember that when I tell you this story.

We’d dropped the kid off at school, up on the hill, and were meandering back … Read more

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Slip knot

The cops are everywhere, suddenly, while the waitress pours my fourth cup of coffee. We watch, through the enormous windows, as they scurry down the trail, and speed into the parking lot. We don’t know yet but the firetrucks and ambulances are here as well. … Read more

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