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The Mediocrities

24 Sep

The first Stephen King book I read was The Dead Zone. Immediately after that I read The Shining and scared the living shit out of myself. I was twelve. According to my people, I wasn’t even a man. Soon I began this ceaseless gluttony of Stephen King books. I recall freshman year in high school […]

“True Detective” and The Origin of Story

12 Mar

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest – whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories – comes afterwards.  Albert Camus Stories […]

Why I Write

15 Jan

  People for some reason marvel at the fact that I wrote a book. Like it’s some great accomplishment that no one else in the history of mankind has ever done. Or at least no one else in the history of mankind that they know personally. Many of these people are themselves artists of some […]

A Question of Answers

9 Jan

The last thing I wrote on this site was a review of the wonderful film Her.  And the last thing I wrote in that review was the following: By making us ponder our own lives and our own romances, Her shows us that love is not actually the answer. Love is a question. It always has been. […]

Me, Inc.

18 Dec

There will be time, there will be time To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet T.S. Eliot I was talking with a fellow writer a few weeks ago. He gave me some sage advice. “Your second book should be like your first book, but more so.” I asked him to ‘splain […]

A New York Minute

11 Sep

A man listens to a song on a Walkman as he goes to work. He found the Walkman in a box of junk in his closet and it reminded him of days gone by, the past, his family, old friends, childhood, the certain smell of a girl he once had a crush on, the taste […]

How Not to Be Alone

21 Aug

Once the words are out there, they have a life of their own. Once someone says some stupid racist comment on camera, no one will ever forget it. Once a wayward tweet – penis or sans penis – is sent, it will always be floating around in the Interwebo’sphere™, haunting the wayward tweeter for all […]

“Strong Female Characters”

14 Aug

That is a phrase most writers hate. There are a myriad of reasons for this, but I will attempt to break it down to the basics. Charlie Rose: “Jacob, how is it that you write such strong female characters?” Moi: “Well, Charlie, I write strong characters. Some of them just happen to be female. Some […]

Into the Void

17 Apr

I realized pretty early on that life sucks. It is either: 1)      too hard and too long, or 2)      sort of pleasant and way too short. Just turn on the TV news to discover how sucky things are. Some would call me a half-glass full guy, or a pessimist, or a cynic, or even a […]

My Jeopardy Experience

1 Apr

Part I: Jeopardy As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be on Jeopardy. I recall watching the show as a teenager and getting questions (er, answers) correct that were far above my pay grade. There was something pure about this minimalist show wherein all you had to do was answer trivia […]