proust questionnaire 2011

What is your idea of perfect happiness? I don’t have one. What is your greatest fear? Dying abruptly. Which living person do you most admire? My wife. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Salesmanship. What is your greatest extravagance? Custom-painted orange wheels on my white Audi station wagon. What is your favorite journey? Oman: Muscat and the Wahiba Sands. On what occasion … Continue reading proust questionnaire 2011

In the Way of Experience…

Yet five minutes after…I realized I had not actually seen the three plants in the little colony we had found. Despite all the identifying, measuring, photographing. I had managed to set the experience in a kind of present past, a having-looked, even as I was temporally and physically still looking. If I had the courage, I would have asked her to turn and drive back, … Continue reading In the Way of Experience…

Letter to a Young Writer, in the Form of a Top Ten List

Dear 23 year-old Antoine Wilson, Here’s a list of ten things you might consider but probably won’t: 10. When you pick up the pen, put down the pipe. 9. If something you’ve written is blowing your mind, it’s probably a cliche. You just don’t know it yet. 8. Your most interesting material is all around you, not in some far-off land. 7. Seek out instruction, … Continue reading Letter to a Young Writer, in the Form of a Top Ten List

bits and bytes

Yesterday I heard a window-washer say to his co-worker: “I don’t usually talk to my psychic about everyday stuff.” Facebook is starting to reach terminal velocity…when you’ve got more friends than you care to have, when just about everyone has jumped on board. Recall the shipwrecks of Friendster and MySpace. Get a life, or a lifeboat? Literary venom! The Book of My Enemy Has Been … Continue reading bits and bytes