Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New: "The Teaching Profession"

THE INTERNET, August 30 - I've got a fresh column up, on the hideous suckiness of teaching. I give it a B. Writing comedy is hard. For every hit, you get two misses. Or three. I was so frazzled with last week's piece that I never got the thing finished. Although it doesn't seem like anyone noticed. You have to insult a lot of people at once for anyone to take note. I learned this lesson the hard way 20 years ago, so this is neither a fresh observation nor a complaint. But it does mean I'm going to have to start slandering more states if I don't get some feedback. My hands are tied on this one.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

New: Things To Read

POMONA, Aug 4 - My pal Steve tells me I am "blowing it" with this blog. So, to reiterate: I am in the middle of a very, very busy period in my life. Things will clear up soonish. In the meantime, I have two new columns up on Vice, on Glenn McCoy and Chexsystems (two subjects everyone should be up to speed on).

I am running out of filler graphics for this blog.

Also, I remembered the other day that I've been meaning, for the last decade, to write something about Brendan Mullen's "Annihilation Man". I read this 6,500-word LA Weekly piece on Germs frontman Darby Crash in early 2001. The article made an enormous impact on me, vastly expanding my understanding of how music journalism could (and should) work. I emulated this essay years later, with my profile on Doc Dart. And although Mullen abandoned this structure with the following year's Lexicon Devil - opting instead for that flimsiest of book formats, the oral history - I'd always meant to write him a brief Thank You for the Weekly piece. Unfortunately, he died two years ago. So I guess that's off the table now. Unless people in Heaven read my blog. Huh.