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Sunday, May 31, 2009
HOME OF THE WHOPPER
posted
8:44 AM
The most common human act that writing a novel resembles is lying. We lie daily, very complexly, and at great length. If not for our excessive vanity and our over-active imaginations, we would be quite difficult to deceive.

Saturday, May 30, 2009
YES, THAT'S STILL REALLY ME
posted
9:24 PM
On Twitter, as GreatDismal.

I will get it hooked up here, eventually. Too busy in the gomi-strewn book-building hangar at present to sort that out.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
TRANSFORMINATORS
posted
11:35 AM
No problemo.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
posted
3:25 PM
Zero History, a novel in progress, by William Gibson



image: Alan Nazarian, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009
WHY MODERNISM WAS GOOD
posted
5:55 AM
?????-?????

Friday, May 15, 2009
140 CHARACTERS
posted
12:09 AM
Tweet

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
MAQUETTE
posted
5:51 PM
Bigend’s office, when Milgrim was finally ushered in, was windowless and surprisingly small. Perhaps it wasn’t that specifically his office, Milgrim thought. It didn’t look like an office anyone worked in.

The Swedish boy who’d brought Milgrim in put a gray folder on the teak desk and left silently. There was nothing else on the desk except for a stubby combat shotgun that appeared to have been made from solidified Pepto-Bismol.

Sunday, May 03, 2009
TWITTER...
posted
7:42 AM
Is one of those phenomena that don't easily yield to journalism. Its experiential nature is participatory. People tend to like things like that a lot, to the annoyance of journalists.

Random Twitter factoid: bbcbreaking has (this morning) 90023 followers, but is following only 1 (one).

Friday, May 01, 2009
TWITTERING
posted
9:34 PM
I've been on Twitter for a little while now. Under the nom-de-twit GreatDismal (no space). I had not much of an idea what Twitter was, when I first went there, so signed in under a flag of convenience. Still have no idea what it is, or where it's going, but will hang on to GreatDismal for simplicity's sake. At some point I might figure out how to incorporate it here, but then again maybe not.

I feel a bit self-conscious, pausing in the course of my day to recommend a particular make and model (and color) of Swiss ballpoint, but it's how my mind works (and a great pen, for around $20). Browsing Twitter, I think it's how a lot of minds work. (Or recommending a brilliant Scientific Armerican piece on reverse-engineering the human penis. That's a good one. Deeper, as it were.)

Have never been attracted to "social networking" sites before. They all seemed too clunky, somehow.

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