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Monthly Archives: August 2012


Not boasting, just explaining: I’ve written somewhere in the region of 10,000 words today for various things. No wonder my brain is quietly crying at me right now. It’s also the reason that the blog is going to go quiet … Continue reading

August 24, 2012 Writingthoughts

“NO! It Is Truly — HOPELESS!”

As I said on Twitter today, it’s been one of those days where work can expand to fill any free time around it. Realistically, it’s been a few weeks like that now, and between that and a couple other things … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 Uncategorized

366 Songs 326: Sunflower

It’s unsubtle, unoriginal and overproduced, but I love Paul Weller’s “Sunflower.” Honestly, I’m not sure if I could really explain why, beyond the fact that I always find myself singing along to the chorus, and that I like the way … Continue reading

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366 Songs 235: Goodbye Mr. A

This song always translates into the death of my father, in my head; it was on constant rotation on the music television channels in the UK at the time I was there as he was getting sicker, getting worse and … Continue reading

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366 Songs 234: Otis

The one thing that always grabs my attention about “Otis,” beyond the audacity of the sample – which, let’s be honest, is just great, isn’t it? To use so much of “Try A Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding at the … Continue reading

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“This Is No Longer An Industry That Rewards Working-Class Values, In Other Words”

To be a writer in this market requires not only money, but a concept of “work” that is most easily gained from privilege. It requires a sense of entitlement, the ability to network and self-promote without seeing yourself as an … Continue reading


Why Don’t You Just Switch Off Your Television Set And Go Out And Do Something Less Boring Instead?

In the 1970s and ’80s, there was Why Don’t You to tell you what to do during summer vacations. Now, we have my new Time Entertainment article.

August 22, 2012 Writingthoughts ,

366 Songs 233: I Figured You Out

Dismissed by Elliott Smith as a “silly pop song” that he wrote in five minutes and discarded, “I Figured You Out” becomes something different in the hands of Mary Lou Lord; it’s both lighter in tone – Lord’s vocals lack … Continue reading

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Authorship Denial and The Collection Box

In reality, organizations still had some enormous advantages. Organizations are sustainable; they outlive the vagaries of human attention. Some individuals flourished in the newly democratic blogosphere. But over time, people got bored, got new jobs, found new interests, or otherwise … Continue reading

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“Positive Believability Ratings”

For the second time in a decade, the believability ratings for major news organizations have suffered broad-based declines. In the new survey, positive believability ratings have fallen significantly for nine of 13 news organizations tested. This follows a similar downturn … Continue reading

August 21, 2012 Uncategorized