Tuesday, February 27, 2007

I Love Lisa Carver

for articulating this for me in her article The Ironic Thing: Why I Hate Parenting Memoirs like Alternadad :
As a generation (X), what we know for sure is how to be sarcastic and irreverent. Parenthood is bigger than that. It inspires thankfulness, humility, rage, unfixable guilt over what we may be doing to our children, unfixable sorrow over what we now understand for sure was done to us when we were their age, wonder and a quiet sense of sacredness. These emotions are so foreign to us, it took me twelve years (that's how old my eldest is) to even realize that's what was happening. Figuring out how to translate these new feelings and outlooks into literature, and still keep it amusing and intriguing and true, will probably take me another twelve. In the meantime, how pathetic to try to use the tools of yesterday (irony, dirty words, random reference to sex and gross things) to try to tell the story of this new kind of relationship and life we find ourselves in.

Neal obviously thinks he's so wild because he talks about shit-storms. But every parent of every child in the world, as well as dog-owners and workers in various segments of the service industry, have experienced shit flung at inconvenient moments, eaten, or worse. Babble blogger Steve Almond suffers the Alternadad malaise: "Look at me, I used to write about sex, yet I have a kid!" Dude, you're forty. Of course you have a kid. It's not ironic to have children. Yes, yes, I am a near-forty punk-rock sex writer writing about my kids, too. But my editor makes me (and Steve)! This is a parenting magazine! No one made Neal write that book.

I know a woman who gave her son the middle name "Chainsaw" because she was a major Tobe Hooper fan -- she loved it because it was "edgy." What the fuck? A baby isn't "edgy." I suspect that this kind of hipster parent unconsciously tries so hard to make their kids "cool" because when the kid is ready to rebel, the only rebellion will be to be super "square" and then the parent will have the smug satisfaction of always being the "coolest" one, like when Cronos swallowed his sons.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Auntie Meme

Okay, it is Friday night, and before I finish baby sweater #2, I will post my contribution to the "first line meme" that I cribbed from Kate's blog, the rules of which are:

1) Select 5-10 (or so) books you love.
2) Post the first line from each of them.
3) Don't mention the title or author. That's for everyone else to figure out.
4) After someone correctly identifies the book, update the original entry to reflect that fact.

Bring it!

1) It was a dark and stormy night. [Yay Kate! A Wrinkle In Time, Madeleine L'Engle.]

2) I'm about as far removed from being a "punk" as one can be.

3) Lisa and I were pen pals all through vacation. She wrote to me twice. I wrote to her zero times.

4) I am seated in an office, surrounded by heads and bodies.

5) The longing for redemption is an ancient, strange and many-headed daimon, which dwells within even the most earthbound and prosaic of souls.

6) Many works have been written on Expression, but a greater number on Physiognomy, -- that is, on the recognition of character through the study of the permanent form of the features.

8) They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did.

9) In a valley shaded with rhododendrons, close to the snow line, where a stream milky with meltwater splashed and where doves and linnets flew among the immense pines, lay a cave, half-hidden by the crag above and the stiff heavy leaves that clustered below.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Too Damn True

Saturday, February 10, 2007


With a troubled past and an upbringing on the streets you have learned how to fend for yourself through crime.

Click here to take the Super Villain Personality Test

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

My First Casserole!

Mmmm! Chickpea Broccoli casserole, courtesy of Isa Chandra Moskowitz! Pigs are our friends!


Behold My First Baby Sweater!

With sleeves and everything!

Pattern is from Debbie Bliss' Baby Knits For Beginners, knit in Cashmerino Aran in "Denim," size 7 & 8 circular needles.

(Chewed-off nail polish is Urban Decay Metropolitan.)

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Holy Trinity, American Style

What. (kill)

The. (me)

Fuck ? (now)