Goodbye 2014

“Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall […]

Here’s to The Weird

“I think what weird fiction tries to do, it’s unsettle you to some degree. But it also wants to make the world bigger than you ever thought it was, or could be.” From a great interview with Stephen Graham Jones over at Weird Fiction Review.

“In solitude I used to wander about the garden, alternately collecting birds’ eggs and meditating on the flight of time. If I may judge by my own recollections, the important and formative impressions of childhood rise to consciousness only in fugitive moments in the midst of childish occupations, and are […]

“When the Lord finished the world, he pronounced it good. That is what I said about my first work, too. But Time, I tell you, Time takes the confidence out of these incautious opinions. It is more than likely that He thinks about the world, now, pretty much as I […]

Strangers When We Meet

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” — Anais Nin Been back home for a week or so — well, going on two weeks now — and I’ve been following up with the handful of contacts, leads, and introductions I made while at […]

We Who Walk Here

It’s Shirley Jackson’s birthday today, author of The Haunting of Hill House. I’d wax poetic about her, but Garrison Keillor already beat me to it on today’s Writer’s Almanac: She was a very eccentric woman. For most of her life, she heard voices and music that no one else could […]

Exorcism and Blood

Find the demon. Do you know what I’m talking about? It’s the little voice in the back of your head that’s always whispering, “You can’t.” You know the demon. You may think you hate the demon, but you don’t. You love it. You let it own you. You do everything […]

The Future of David Mamet

The future doesn’t exist. If you keep saying we have to do something because of the future, if you boil it down, it means we have to do this now because I’d like you to. The future is a mythical construct in which there’s no strife. So what the politicians […]