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Skinny Dipping

Long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Crawford Award. Title short story listed for the 2000 O. Henry award.

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Goblin Mercantile Exchange

Futures, Options, and Swaps (the weblog of Alan DeNiro)

Literature, Text, and Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality died in the House Commerce Committee. btw, these are the Democrats who voted to kill the Internet as we know it: Ed Towns of New York, Bobby Rush of Illinois, Al Wynn of Maryland, Gene Green of Texas and Charlie Gonzales of Texas. Thanks! You obviously know where your well-heeled bread is buttered. […]

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Wed, April 26 2006 » Computers/Tech, Fiction, Poetry, Polis » 2 Comments


I’m going to be at Book Expo America in May. Anyone else going?

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Wed, April 26 2006 » Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead » No Comments

Panoptikon 2.0

Do you have an unquenchable need for penal simulation? Prison Tycoon is for you! And I wish I was making this up but I’m not! Brick by Brick… Start from the ground up placing the very walls and fences that will house and contain your prisoners. Choose from multiple isolated environments and get to work. […]

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Mon, April 24 2006 » Games » 1 Comment

Is it just me #354: Kegger Edition

Has anyone else noticed a lot more groundling crowd noise on The Daily Show and the Colbert Report? A lot more time between jokes that the hosts have had to settle people down? A lot more random (young dude-ish) shouting at the top of the lungs: “Yeeaaaaaah!” or “Wooooooooooo!”? What’s…going…on?

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Fri, April 21 2006 » Movies/TV » 1 Comment

some book news

Just a quick note…Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead has been long-listed for the Frank O’ Connor International Short Story Prize. That long list is…well, pretty astounding, and I’m really honored to be in such company.

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Thu, April 20 2006 » Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead » 13 Comments

Mysterious Station

A section from my long poem The Stations is now online at Coconut Poetry. (Yeah, it’s 165 pages and counting. And a speculative poem) Anyway, Coconut Poetry is quite a strong online poetry venue; check out the rest of their issue; check out the rest of this issue.

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Wed, April 19 2006 » Poetry » 1 Comment


Kristin and I saw V for Vendetta over the weekend. We loved it. Aside from the sociopolitical rabble-rousing (which was great), I really liked that it was actually…well-plotted. It didn’t have excess-fat scenes of, say, going into a basement to speak to a crazy Tim Robbins. It didn’t have that writing-by-committee feeling at all. I […]

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Mon, April 10 2006 » Movies/TV » No Comments

on books

More from the Irwin anthology, on the joy of books: …Moreover, have you ever seen a garden that will go into a man’s sleeve, an orchard you can take on your lap, a speaker who can speak of the dead and yet be the interpreter of the living? Where else will you find a companion […]

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Wed, April 5 2006 » Fiction » No Comments

weirdest dentist appt. ever

Has anyone ever had a dentist’s appointment where they do your x-rays, have the dentist check things out to make sure you’re ok, and then schedule a cleaning for two months in the future? I want my teeth cleaned, dammit.

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Wed, April 5 2006 » Life Studies » 1 Comment

myspace vs. friendster

This is a brilliant, brilliant essay by Danah Boyd about Friendster vs. MySpace, and about burgeoning “super publics”: Online communities are more like nation-states than technological tools. There is a master behind the architecture, a master who controls the walls of the system and can wage war on her/his people at any point. People know […]

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Tue, April 4 2006 » Computers/Tech, Meta/Logistics » 1 Comment

With Daylight Savings time, and working 2nd shift today (and probably tomorrow too), the Internet time warp that I’ve experienced has now bled into my normal, daily life. What day is it? I’ve picked up The Recognitions again. That Otto, he’s a funny guy. I didn’t mean to go off too much on my last […]

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Mon, April 3 2006 » Life Studies » No Comments