PURCHASE: Haircut for Brian.
COST: $42.00 plus tip.
NOTE: Foxy Salon. Affordable. Great location near the L.
WOULD STEPHEN KING LIKE IT: King probably still remembers how long writers can push it between haircuts.
This Tumblr explains how my friend Emily is spending money she accidentally earned from people buying her book thinking it was Stephen King’s. Reblog it now, before it makes The Approval Matrix.
Stop right there! Do stop. How uncharacteristically insensitive, my dear madam, how egregiously presumptuous. I’m not infatuated with frivolousness. We’re just good friends.
Monotheism in Kentucky, Present Time
By Maurice Manning
I thought of beginning this utterance
by saying I had a taste today
of pure joy, but on second thought
I’m tired of purity and now
prefer mistakes—that’s it, I made
a mistake today in tending the garden
and spreading straw around the green,
encouraging the peas to climb;
I was, in short, enjoying it
and naked to the waist was I
and then it rained and I kept on working,
believing I was giving God
a hand and then I thought, what kind
of idiot thinks he’s helping God?
Sad to learn that Brock Brower has died. He wrote for Esquire in its golden age and helped launch 20/20. He also wrote the cult novel The Late Great Creature, which feels as contemporary today as it must have in 1971. Honored that I got to meet him, at least virtually, when the book was reissued by Overlook.