Like just about every other artsy-fartsy, Millennial-generation dweeb in America, I’m currently participating in National Novel Writing Month – or NaNoWriMo. For those unfamiliar with the concept, it’s pretty simple: participants spend the month of November writing a 50,000-word novel (which averages out to about 1,667 words per day). The novel can be about whatever […]Read more "Bad Writing is Bad"
I have a Facebook friend from whom I hide all of my political updates. Honestly, I selectively hide updates from various friends quite often; I base this decision on an equation that measures how easily-offended someone is by how likely they are to start a flame war on my wall (and if there’s anything I […]Read more "Get Off the Couch and Vote"
For a few years now, I’ve flirted with the idea of going as a psycho killer for Halloween. The costume would consist of three main components: a bloodstained straitjacket, a half-mask (a la Hannibal Lecter), and a bloody knife or scalpel. But when I set out to find a straitjacket costume in my size, I […]Read more "The Sexy Costume Conundrum"
Readers of this blog may recall that in my last post, I listed five great horror movies you’ve probably never seen, and back in September, I wrote an essay extolling the virtues (if you can call them that) of truly bad art. Kait suggested that I combine these topics and list the five worst horror […]Read more "Five Awful Horror Movies Everyone Should See"
I love all things horror — horror movies, scary stories, haunted house attractions, and of course, Halloween. I’ve spent this October, like so many past Octobers, watching as many horror movies as I can find, from my old favorites (The Exorcist, Suspiria, the original Halloween) to new ones that I haven’t seen or heard of. […]Read more "Five Great Horror Movies You’ve Probably Never Seen"
When I was 21, something trivial happened to me that profoundly affected the way I see myself when I look in the mirror: someone made a fat joke about me. It was the first (and so far, only) time anyone had ever commented on my weight, to my face, in a negative light, and it’s […]Read more "My First Fat Joke"
I was visiting my mom one afternoon a few months ago when I noticed a book by Art Robinson lying on the coffee table. I was sort of taken aback; Art Robinson, for the uninitiated, is a Republican running for U.S. Congress here in Oregon, and I’d never heard my mom express anything other than […]Read more "The Art of Meat"
I love bad movies. In fact, I’d go far enough to say I love bad movies — really, truly bad movies — almost as much as I love good movies. One of my all-time favorite TV shows is Mystery Science Theater 3000, and not just because the riffing is hilarious (though it is, and that […]Read more "Anti-Talent and the Joy of Bad Art"