October 7th, 2009


New Computer!

My old computer has been gently declining for a while--getting slower and slower, freezing without apparent cause, that kind of thing.  When it declined, for no reason I could find, to recognize anything plugged into the USB port, I thought I might as well bite the bullet and go out and buy the 15" MacBook of my dreams.

Which, today, I did.

I went to the huge, enormous, glorious and over-stimulating Apple store on 59th and Fifth Avenue, and managed to query just the right person for me to talk to--a charming and volulable young gentleman who (when pressed) could tell me what I needed to know to make my final decision in a way I could actually understand.  I'd taken my old computer along, so whenever he asked me a question about what I already had, I could just refer him to the thing itself, which turned out to be very useful.  Of course, getting home with two computers just at the beginning of rush hour was a bit of a challenge, but I found an off-duty cabbie with bowels of compassion, so it was really my lucky day.

My new computer is beautiful and fast.   I bought it a green shell (everything green (in our life, anyway) belongs to me) and an external hard-drive so it can remember things in case the computer forgets them.  Now, all I need to do it try and ensure that everything that was on the old one is on the new one, and learn to use the things the old one didn't have. .

Wish me luck/

"Chipper Dialogues"

Ron Pasquariello's "The Chipper Dialogues" are up on the Interfictions 2 Annex.

I love thus (truth to tell, I love them all)  story (poem, dialogue, weird thing).  It's a wonderful evocation of the relationship between man and dog, told in haiku, with the dog getting absolutely equal time.  I laughed until I cried over some of the haiku, but my final response was to be moved.  Read it, please.

If you haven't done it before, please also check out "Four Very True Tales" by Kelly Barnhill, "Nylon Seam" by F. Brett Cox, and "To Set Before the King" by Genevieve Valentine.  They're all my favorites, too.  Which is possible because they're all so different.  "Four Very True Tales" is domestic surrealism, with a side of pure lyricism.  "Nylon Seam" is noir meets rock and roll, with the extra added bonus of a recording of Brett singing the song the story riffs on.  And "To Set Before the King" is a fairy tale with the subtext--and the grue--brought to the surface. 

And there are four more after this, one every Wednesday, each as interesting as the last.