My favorite parts of Stephen King’s On Writing:
On writing seminars:
“It seems to occur to few of the attendees that if you have a feeling you just can’t describe, you might just be, I don’t know, kind of like, my sense of it is, maybe in the wrong fucking class.”
On becoming a cub sports reporter:
“I told Mr. Gould that I didn’t know much about sports. Gould said, ‘These are games people understand when they’re watching them drunk in bars. You’ll learn if you try.'”
Ladies night excerpts:
Lady 1: So he said he wasn’t gonna date her anymore because she wasn’t a good lay. So I said, “I’m curious, what’s a bad lay from a guy’s viewpoint?” And he goes (spreads legs, adopts blank look).
Lady 2: So it’s not that she wasn’t a good lay, it’s just that “lay” was her only trick.
Lady 3: The Dissected Frog.
Lady 1: Did you guys hear that Mr. Rogers isn’t doing shows anymore?
Lady 2: Yeah. That sucks.
Lady 3: I have a signed picture of Mr. Rogers.
Lady 1: No way.
Lady 3: Mmm hmm. My dad met him once.
Lady 4: Wouldn’t it be rad to get Mr. Rogers to sign your panties or something?
Lady 5: I wonder if he’d do it.
Lady 1: He’s kind of boastful. We’re going around introducing ourselves, and he’s saying the exact same thing to every person. I heard it like 30 times. That’s OK if you’ve known someone a couple years, you expect to hear their stories again. But I barely know him. When you’ve known a person a few years you know all their stories, and when they meet someone new you can kind of settle into doing your own thing while they talk. But this guy I just met, and I’m hearing the same thing over and over and over. Then, I started getting sarcastic about it, like filling in responses for him, and he didn’t get it.
All: Ohhh nooooo.
Last Friday was Julie’s birthday. She wanted to go see “The Vagina Monologues,” so we got tickets. For a few hours we listened appreciatively as three women reenacted interviews with hundreds of women talking about their vaginas. When the lights came up, I was entirely too aware that everyone around me had genitalia. Then we went home.
Overheard: Somebody done somebody wrong.
Characters: Two teenage girls on the bus.
Girl 1: You got to call her.
Girl 2: Well, she say she saw her leave with some man.
Girl 1: Call her.
Girl 2: If she didn’t see up close, how she know it was Amid?
Girl 1: Uh-uh! You got to call her.
The guys over at The Morning News just published a very brief interview with me (bottom right corner, second column).
Went backpacking this weekend, and cursed my lack of penis.
Me: Are you peeing again?
Him: Yep, and I don’t even need to.
Me: Damn you.
Him: I’m just doing it because the convenience overwhelms me.
Ugly Fat Kid summarizes the average American political sentiment in under ten seconds: “I say we should pass a law about all these problems. There. That covers it. Now on to sports…”
- I type my grocery list.
- I had Fritos for breakfast.
- Last night, I watched the entire Miss Teen USA pageant, even the part where Mandy Moore sang barefoot.