Author Archives: blaise

a new one

  a ready­made: east coast 2017 steno­graph­ic after the wine, a long walk through crooked streets and straight under drips of air con­di­tion­ers high up, and a sub­way grating’s fetid breath on my legs decay­ing vil­lages at mid­night, green­wich and … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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old poetry

In clean­ing up, I came across some poems I wrote at the end of the the 90s, in Prince­ton. 10 Haiku and 4 Poems — 1998–2000

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textolatry

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rape culture

This recent Rolling Stone arti­cle about rape at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Vir­ginia is pret­ty upset­ting. It’s just the lat­est in a string of hor­ror sto­ries over the past year about rape cul­ture, lack of empa­thy and denial, both gen­er­al­ly and … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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maria and dave

It’s been a fun week.  On Wednes­day night, our good friend Maria Sem­ple orga­nized an 826 ben­e­fit at Town Hall with Dave Eggers, and invit­ed me onstage to do the read­ing with them and answer ques­tions.  Maria read from Bernadette’s … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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christopher frizzelle interview

Hey, I made it onto Slog last week!  Excit­ing, since this is pret­ty much my main source of news.  I think life wouldn’t be so bad if The Stranger real­ly were the Eng­lish-speak­ing world’s only news­pa­per. Christo­pher Frizzelle did this short … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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snowden

A let­ter to Wash­ing­ton. The Hon­or­able Eric Hold­er Depart­ment of Jus­tice Robert F. Kennedy Build­ing Tenth Street and Con­sti­tu­tion Avenue, N.W. Wash­ing­ton, D.C. 20530     Dear Attor­ney Gen­er­al Hold­er: I recent­ly attend­ed the TED2014 con­fer­ence, where I had occa­sion … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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30 years of TED

Through­out most of last week I was wear­ing a giant badge with a met­al tag on it announc­ing that this was my 10th TED.  The con­fer­ence itself was in ret­ro­spec­tive mode, cel­e­brat­ing its 30th birth­day.  Nos­tal­gia aside though, in many … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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google

Nick Wing­field at the New York Times just broke the news that I’m going to Google.  On one hand, of course this is tremen­dous­ly excit­ing; Google is a com­pa­ny of grand ambi­tions and bril­liant peo­ple.  On the oth­er hand it … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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latter day scones

It takes only about 15 min­utes to pro­duce a bas­ket­ful of love­ly hot scones, feath­erlight, on the table.” Thus begins the Aus­tralian Women’s Week­ly recipe on p. 76 of the Cook­ing Class Cook­book. Although I’ve put the scone recipe on … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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