FromRoss Wolinsky’s “The Millennial Raven” inMcSweeney’s: Once upon a midnight dreary, Tinder swiping, buzzed and weary/I asked Siri about my sushi ordered one hour before/ While I chewed some pretzels, snacking, suddenly there came a tapping/As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my apartment door/“’Tis my roommate,” I muttered, “walking ‘cross the hardwood floor/Only this and nothing more.” (viaKottke)
[Last spring, I ran into Nikola Richter at the Republica Festival in Berlin; she told me about Sina Kamala Kaufmann, a celebrated German climate activist and sf writer whose debut short story collection, Bright Matter, had been published by Richter’s independent publisher Mikrotext to great critical and public success. I offered to run one of […]
Kindness and Wonder: Mr Rogers biography is a study in empathy and a deep, genuine love for children
History has been kind to Fred Rogers’ legacy; the beloved children’s entertainer does not have the intergenerational staying power of Sesame Street (thanks in large part to Rogers’ relentless focus on making programming aimed exclusively at small children, without any pretense to entertaining their grownups), but touchstones likehis Congressional testimony on public TV funding, hisremarks after 9/11and hislook for the helpersspeech continue to bring a smile and a tear to all who see them, whether for the first time or the five hundredth; Mr Rogers was exactly what he appeared to be, incredibly, and the riddle of how someone could be so sincere and loving has sentrumormongers off to the land of conspiracylooking for an answer. But the real Mr Rogers story — as chronicled in Gavin Edwards’ new book,Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever— is both more mundane and more amazing than any outlandish story.
Mark Taaffe is a Toronto institution, whose Fort York Auctions were the best junk auctions I’ve ever seen (they inspired my short story Craphound, which was the first story I ever sold to a professional market); Mark has moved online and is now selling his finds through a social media account. Though these listings lack […]
Wireless charging is increasingly the way to go for busy professionals. It’s quick, portable, and won’t clutter up your desk or countertop with a maze of cables. Still, there are kinks in the Qi technology that drives these chargers. And apparently, some companies are working out those kinks faster than others. Meet the iPM Wireless […]
The Become a Professional Creative Writer Bundle is an invaluable stack of online courses that will ingrain the rules of writing into your process so you can stop doubting and start writing. Whether you’re sitting down in front of your first blank page or a seasoned pro branching out into a new format, there’s something […]
You’ve only got one set of teeth, and every hygienist will tell you the same thing: A good, solid toothbrush and a strict cleaning regimen will do a lot more in the long term than any session in the dentist’s chair. It’ll be a lot cheaper too, even if you purchase one of the high-end […]