just talked a lot of shit in an email
am i 'pumped' for anything?
what's your favorite website?
i'm sweating for no reason
i'm writing emails and drinking apple juice
i'm in the library
i'm only doing this because it seems like i get more hits when i update a lot
i need to figure out a way to go viral
i was thinking of filming myself listening to 'the marshall mathers lp' and eating a taco during each song
or taking a shot during each song
it has 18 songs, 4 of which are 'skits'
it is 72 minutes and 5 seconds long
it sold ~1.8 million copies in its first week
Lori makes a copy
accomplished 3-5 goals today
in the gym, everything felt very quiet
outside my house, i startled someone with my existence
went to central park, got rained on.
left central park, got rained on.
went to hug a girl and accidentally hit her in the face
only drank coffee one time yesterday,
got my new school id card yesterday
didn't really have to wait in a line or anything
now i can stay in library past 1am
watched 15 mins of 'the waterboy' (1998) while on an elliptical machine at crunch fitness
had a three day guest pass there
it expired yesterday
just removed some dry blood from the inside of my ear
went to manhattan last night, maintained contact with 4-5 people
drank two whiskeys, one coors banquet, two presidentes, and a bunch of water, but not as much water as i would have liked
found myself waiting in line for the bathroom because it was something to 'do'
found this picture on the internet, seems kind of funny:
had a dream that my hair was really long in back and only in back
woke up scratching the inside of my ear
this morning people were digging a hole outside my room
i realized i will never hump all the people i want to hump
MuuMuu House has published an article by me...
"Four Times I've Interacted with Justin Taylor in Real Life"
Electric Literature No. 1-4
I'm going to type a few sentences about each of the stories in each of the Electric Literatures:
Electric Literature No. 1
1. "Your Fate Hurtles Down at You" by Jim Shepard
I most distinctly remember reading this story while standing up in a subway car. It's about a family significantly affected by avalanches, among other things. I started this story in mid-July and didn't finish it until two days ago. It kind of reminded me of that mountain climbing movie with Chris O'Donnell.
2. "Three-Legged Dog" by Diana Wagman
The first line of this story is: "My girlfriend is missing her left breast." For a long time, I thought the narrator was female and they were lesbians, but it turned out the narrator was male and there were no lesbians. The girlfriend has/had cancer. Jim Abbott is mentioned.
3. "The Time Machine" by T Cooper
The narrator of this story is a jealous boyfriend. The story ends with a series of text messages.
4. "Olympia" (novel excerpt) by Michael Cunningham
This is about two brothers. The word "swan" is used in several different forms (i.e. noun, verb, adjective). They go to a lake house. The younger brother masturbates a lot and, at one point, puts a pair of panties on his head. He also stabs the brother with a screwdriver in a flashback.
5. "Sir Henry" by Lydia Millet
The protagonist of this story is David Hasselhoff's dogwalker. David Hasselhoff makes a cameo.
Electric Literature No. 2
1. "The Comedian" by Colson Whitehead
This story is 7 pages long and seems to cover ~5-15 years. In its construction, I was reminded of a story that a girl brought to an "Intro Creative Writing" class I took several years ago. In the story (the girl's) a girl becomes a famous pop star then realizes, while looking in the mirror, that she is shallow. "The Comedian" is like that, but different.
2. "Love" by Stephen O'Connor
This story is about a girl who moves to a lake house for a summer so she can finish her grad school thesis. This puts strain on her relationship with her more successful (financially) boyfriend. He visits her one weekend and they go boating and the boat tips over. The girl becomes paranoid that an old man is spying on her. She gets drunk and drives her car down a hill. I don't remember what happens to her thesis.
3. "The Slough" by Pasha Malla
I think this story is autobiographical because the main character's name is also "Pasha." There is a terminal illness in this story. Looking at the title, I feel a little confused. I'm not sure what a "slough" or "The Slough" is, and I don't remember that word being in the story. I guess I didn't figure this story to be the kind of story that would have a vague or enigmatic title.
4. "Three Girls" by Marisa Silver
This story is about a family. I remember the story alludes to the mom being a huge alcoholic and other families being afraid of her/them.
5. "The Cows" by Lydia Davis
This story is about cows. The paragraphs are generally short.
Electric Literature No. 3
1. "The Red Ribbon" by Aimee Bender
This story is about a wife, who, for some reason, starts demanding money from her husband for sex. She yells at a homeless person and insinuates that she is a prostitute. She buys a bunch of sweaters at the end.
2. "Little Things" by Matt Sumell
This story is about a terminal illness. There is a very high level of non-sequitor from sentence to sentence. This is my favorite story among all four issues of Electric Literature.
3. "Some Contemporary Characters" by Rick Moody
This story is told in the form of twitter updates from two characters that meet on OkCupid.com. They go to Coney Island and ride the rollercoaster a few times. They make out on the beach. The guy is much older than the girl. They get in a fight on the subway.
4. "Reed & Dinnerstein Moving"
This story is about two friends, Reed and Dinnerstein, who start a moving company. Dinnerstein is gay, Reed is not. While on the job, they watch a guy try to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge or onto a bridge or something. They get into a vague fight when Dinnerstein brings his Asian, non-English-speaking boyfriend to Reed's house for Thanksgiving. Reed runs into the kitchen crying at one point.
5. "The Tunnel" by Jenny Offill
This story is about a terminal illness. I don't really remember much more than that.
Electric Literature No. 4
1. "Baba Iaga and the Pelican Child" by Joy Williams
This story feels a lot like a fairy tale but without an obvious moral underpinning. (I think I read somewhere that this story is going to be included in an anthology of 'new fairy tales' or something.) In the story, a guy wants to paint the Pelican Child. At first, Baba Iaga doesn't let him in, then she does. The guy locks Baba Iaga and some other creatures in one room of the house while he stabs the Pelican Child. Something happens and the guy gets away. I was reminded of Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People." Baba Iaga brings the Pelican Child back to life by sticking her in the oven, I think.
2. "The Resignation Letter of Senor de Santiesteban" by Javier Marias
This story is about a professor who becomes fascinated by a ghost-like thing. I think he becomes a ghost-like thing too at the end.
3. "Three Figures and a Dog" by Roberto Ransom
This story is about a fresco in Italy. It's about the guy painting the fresco and also the guy trying to restore it. The guy trying to restore the fresco ends up destroying it.
4. "Byzantium" by Ben Stroud
This story is about a guy with a crippled hand. The guy with the crippled hand is summoned by the Emperor and ordered to find a monk and cut his nuts off. The guy with the crippled hand finds the monk in a monk colony and, after many attempts, finally gets a chance to speak with him. When he goes to speak with the monk, he finds out that the monk is retarded. All the monk does is wail next a campfire while another monk translates for him. The guy with the crippled hand cuts off the nuts of the retarded monk. The guy with the crippled hand gets the retarded monk's blood on his crippled hand and it makes his hand better.
5. "The Bastard" by Patrick DeWitt
This story is about a guy (The Bastard) who swindles an entire town. I was reminded of Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People."
"Four Times I've Seen People Have Seizures"
"Thought Catalog" has published an article by me
July 2010 Playlist + Thing
This one was ok:
Found this, bought this at BookCourt today:
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AJW is the author of numerous poems and short stories, both online and in print. He makes collages here. He is from Wilmette, Illinois. He is an Eagle Scout.
Pop Serial 4
Pop Serial 3
The Broome Street Review (print)
Juked, Juked 2
NYU Prize Thing
HRM Literary/Arts Journal
HTMLGiant Author Page
Thought Catalog Author Page
People I've Interviewed:
Matthew Rohrer again
Michael Earl Craig
Harriet Alida Lye
in alphabetical order
Her Royal Majesty
Timothy Willis Sanders