The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

Why the world needs newspapers more than ever

Today’s world runs on ideas, spread by the Series of Tubes–and those ideas are made of words. At the foundation of this pyramid of words and ideas sits an endangered … Continue reading

August 18, 2016 · 3 Comments

The Greatest Synopsis that Ever Lived

Dear Agent Sir or Madam, This is a follow-up to my querying letter about a million-word fictional novel trilogy. You can read that letter anywhere on the planet by firing … Continue reading

September 6, 2013 · 10 Comments

The Mother of All Query Letters

Dear Agent Sir or Madam, I am writing to you, or your agency, to acquire literary representation in Manhattan, Hollywood, London and wherever else such deals are made to publish … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · 68 Comments

Scientist puts book into thimble of DNA, has extra room for THE ENTIRE INTERNET

So, this author and scientist just made 3.98 bazillions of copies of his book … in DNA Unlike hard drives and regular paper, this stuff will LAST FOREVER. Also: the … Continue reading

August 17, 2012 · 4 Comments

Psycho killer raccoons terrorize Olympia … and Tacoma, and Seattle

Many moons ago, when the Series of Tubes was young, the Associated Press ran one of the best headlines IN THE HISTORY OF MAN. Here it is: Psycho killer raccoons … Continue reading

July 19, 2012 · 13 Comments

Old Media versus The Series of Tubes

Internet Fanboys claim that the invincible air attack of the Series of Tubes will shred the ground game of Boring Old Media¬† — that there’s no way newspapers, TV and … Continue reading

June 9, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Series of Tubes is not a strategy

It pains me to see folks place all their faith in the Series of Tubes, whether they’re trying to sell books about Men in Kilts, punk rock songs with three … Continue reading

May 12, 2012 · 9 Comments