Today will be a double-update day.
A shout-out to anyone who is visiting my blog based on the mention of it today in my campus newspaper. You should know that I am incredibly boring, and so is my blog. If you know me personally or have had any classes with me you could have guessed this. AND ALSO: My hosting service is currently doing some server migration, so if you’re getting lag here that’s why. Would you actually care? Probably not.
Anyway, if you’re looking for something in the way of intellectual stimulation aside from the mess on Harry Potter I’m posting today, I suppose I could point out what are probably the biggest draws to this place in terms of traffic. Basically it’s essays: the first is a serial write-up on Bret Easton Ellis’s novel American Psycho I did last fall, and the second is a Marxist reading of Junji Ito’s Uzumaki. A certain crackpot Japanese politician/writer has recently called Uzumaki the “Das Kapital of horror manga” so it shows you that I’m really not reaching wildly with that.
Now for real blogging business. On the subject of writing: I gave my first public reading at an event on campus just this last Wednesday. In a paragraph I’m gonna try to describe some experiences from that. Are you ready? I am so ready.
Guys I gave a reading of a story I wrote and I did this in public in front of a lot of people some of whom I knew and most of whom I did not but I didn’t screw anything up and I think people like the story and a lot of people randomly passing by actually have like stopped me and told me they were there and they liked it and that is a really nice feeling and also I had the pleasure of reading with other awesome people who don’t have blogs but if they did this is the spot where I would link them.
Well that’s that!
Now for something completely different, from the Norton Anthology of Literature, Volume C: The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, 8th ed:
By the late 1740s, as knowledge of electricity advanced, public experiments offered fashionable British crowds the opportunity to electrocute themselves.