literature, writing

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Self-Publishing

At this point, I've published over 10 books by self-publishing through Amazon. I'm by no means an expert, and I'm not sure anyone really is with how quickly things change. But, I've learned some lessons the hard way. This is a list of the 10 things I wish I knew before self-publishing. 1. Platform Doesn't… Continue reading 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Self-Publishing

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art, language, literature, philosophy, writing

Year of Mysteries, Part 9: The Name of the Rose

I'm honestly a bit shocked at how resistant I've been to this book the whole year. I knew it would be "hard," so I kept putting it off. But I love Infinite Jest and Gravity's Rainbow and a bunch of hard books. This book has a reputation it doesn't deserve. I didn't think it was… Continue reading Year of Mysteries, Part 9: The Name of the Rose

art, literature, writing

Let’s Get Experimental

I've been thinking a lot about what to do on this blog. I'm not thrilled about "book reviews," not that I do those often, because there are a million reviews out there for every single book. No matter how good mine are, they won't add much to that noise. I'm also not thrilled with the… Continue reading Let’s Get Experimental

philosophy

On the Accuracy of Memory: or a Nuanced Approach to Current Events

Trigger Warning: Rape is discussed. Bias disclaimer: I am strongly opposed to Brett Kavanaugh being on the Supreme Court for many reasons, the most obvious being the overwhelming evidence of criminal activity of the current president. Kavanaugh has taken a firm stance that sitting presidents should not be indicted. I'm also a liberal who has never… Continue reading On the Accuracy of Memory: or a Nuanced Approach to Current Events

art, literature, writing

Year of Mysteries, Part 7: The Intuitionist

This was a somewhat enjoyable, quick read, but I had a lot of problems with it. The Intuitionist takes place in a strange alternate world. It's presumably alternate history, because much of the politics has to do with integration and Lila being the first female, black elevator inspector. But it's not quite our world, because… Continue reading Year of Mysteries, Part 7: The Intuitionist

art, ethics, film, philosophy

Mother! is Awesome

There haven't been a lot of movies I've seen in the past year or so that I thought were great. Last month I saw Mother!, and it was awesome. Now, I'm not going to spoil the more disturbing things in this movie, so I don't think I need a "trigger warning" for this post. In… Continue reading Mother! is Awesome

art, language, literature, philosophy, writing

Maybe Infinite Jest is About Addiction

And so but I've been re-reading Infinite Jest in this strange, almost purely subconscious way, where I take on just a few pages (seriously, like 2-3 pages) every night right before sleeping. I've done the calculations, and so you don't have to tell me it will literally take years to finish it this way. I'm… Continue reading Maybe Infinite Jest is About Addiction