Monthly Archives: July 2011

Pissing Matches, Machine Gun Enthusiasm, and a Secret Bonus Lesson from Joe R. Lansdale (hisownself)

I won’t post too much about writing process or the writing life (whatever that is). It’s a niche topic that can be both revelatory and also a time suck (sometimes simultaneously!). I’ve gone through feasts and famines periods with writing … Continue reading

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The Joys of Breadth! A Historian Rejoices in Uncommon Knowledge

My current historical work is a lot of fun, and rekindled my love of learning new things after a bit of post-Ph.D. blues. The current project has almost nothing to do with my previous fields of study, and yet I’m … Continue reading

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Lipstick and Dynamite: Lady Wrestlers are Not Divas

Not sure if this makes me a feminist or not, but I’ve never been a fan of modern women’s wrestling. These days, a “lady wrestler” is known as a WWE Diva: a model with some athletic prowess who gets trained on … Continue reading

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FIVE KILLER READS!

There are some books that inspire you and others that intimidate you. Here’s five that did one, the other, or both! Herman Hesse, STEPPENWOLF: In the aftershocks of my MA, this one blew my noggin. A unique reading experience about … Continue reading

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Lessons from Bob Mould of Husker Du: Punk Rock and the Modern Writer II

I just blitzed my way threw Bob Mould’s autobiography (co-written with Mike Azerrad), SEE A LITTLE LIGHT: THE TRAIL OF RAGE AND MELODY. Mould was the guitarist, singer, and one of the key songwriters for Husker Du, one of the … Continue reading

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Submitted for your Approval: Punk Rock and the Modern Writer

I took a strange route to becoming a writer. Comic books, wrestling, RPGs, punk rock, history . . . these were the arts that dominated my horizons. Writing lurked inside them all, I guess, and each one brings a different … Continue reading

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