Category Archives: Included in this classification

My Rules for Prose Style

Alliteration is cloying. At least two words must intervene before you are allowed to reuse an initial sound. Ditto rhyme, but assonance may sometimes be acceptable as connective tissue. Strenuously avoid repetition. Apart from prepositions, determiners, conjugations of “to be” … Continue reading

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The Rules

There is one sexually explicit photo of me in existence. San Francisco. Luxury suite in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. A settee. Face clearly visible, and as X-rated as you could want. Actually, I’m not sure if it is still in … Continue reading

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Social Medium

Back in middle school my friends and I put out a magazine called The Phoenix. Personal computers were still primitive toys that sat in the back of the math classroom, so we wrote it on typewriters. You gave your fair … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court, Gays, and the Death of Marriage

I stopped blogging about gay marriage a while ago because I had become tiresome on the subject. I was just reiterating the standard arguments in favor so what’s the point? I figure the current Supreme Court docket provides me a last … Continue reading

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The Folk Tradition

Down at my parents’ home south of Austin for a few weeks. In the evening as we’ve always done, my father and I play guitar. He sings and plays rhythm on the vintage Kay archtop while I play lead on … Continue reading

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 11,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the … Continue reading

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You’re Welcome, Google Images

Recently I went through old posts here and added titles to all the pictures that appear when you hover your mouse over them. This is what I will do henceforth for new images. The titles are short bits of text in … Continue reading

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