Types of Stories My Mother Tells

Thursday on Oprah they were talking to bereaved parents and they had a mother on whose son swallowed a nail when he was two, but no one saw him do it, and I guess the thing just ripped him up from the inside over the course of a few days, and by the time she realized something was wrong and took him to the hospital it was too late, and…

2005 Faux Faulkner Winner

?Hello Georgie,? Condi said. ?Did you come to see Condi?? Condi rubbed my hair and it tickled. ?Dont go messing up his hair,? Dick said. ?Hes got a press conference in a few minutes.? Condi wiped some spit on her hand and patted down my hair. Her hand was soft and she smelled like Xerox copies coming right out of the machine. ?He looks just fine,? Condi said.–Sam Apple –2005…

Cybercreeps Run Amok: Internet Libertarians Should Learn Civil Discourse

The happiest and most peaceful parts of the World Wide Web are the places where people are buying things. The nasty parts of the Web are where people are doing what the Founding Surfers intended: expressing themselves and forming communities. [...] Having spent a decade working at the devil Microsoft and then at a big “old media” institution, the Los Angeles Times, I am amazed by the hostility that greets…

Exploring Emergence

In this essay, we will explore the idea of emergence. We will examine how objects and patterns can arise from simple interactions in ways that are surprising and counter-intuitive. We will present examples with simple squares that turn on and off, but the underlying ideas will provide you with a new perspective for thinking about many phenomena in the everyday world. –Resnick and Silverman –Exploring Emergence (Life-Long Kindergarten — MIT) An…

The Midnight Disease — Press Release

There are already educational and psychotherapeutic treatments for writer’s block, some fairly effective. But remember, not many people want to be treated for hypergraphia. Their writing is usually very important to them. That raises an important point: What right do I have to give a medical name to a character trait that people value in themselves? The reason I do so is that I think talking about creative drive in…