A Flea in the Fur of the Beast

“Death, fire, and burglary make all men equals.” —Dickens

No, It’s Really About Soccer, Really

by evanmcmurry

Roland Martin’s awful and offensive tweet was yet another missed opportunity for this nation to put aside its divisions and come together to bash H&M. Like hipster Old Navy in there.

Sentence of the Day

by evanmcmurry

“Citizens Against Super PACs Inc… pledges to raise unlimited funds but not use them. God knows that the arch-ironic vote has been sadly underrepresented in recent elections.”

Logic: A Still Life

by evanmcmurry

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by evanmcmurry

Instead of saying “To my knowledge,” Trump should just get some gold-plated asterisk bling.

Dickens!

by evanmcmurry

“I love these novels the way you’re supposed to love only a parent, a partner, a child. I have no patience for the disenchanted readers you can meet along the road…The world needs vivid laughter, wider vision. Even just to recall the names of characters—Smike, Scrooge, Guppy, Copperfield, Nell—is to wake to lost possibilities of what novels can reach and do.” Happy (belated) 200th, big guy.

That’s Not An Epiphany, That’s A Postcard

by evanmcmurry

Winner of the inaugural “Best hatchet job of the year” award: “Flaubert times three is better than Flaubert just once, right? And a two-person epiphany has to outrank the single kind. Two comely young people standing in the lake shallows, ‘looking out at the milky haze of the horizon’ – that’s not an epiphany, that’s a postcard.”

This Post Was Written In New York

by evanmcmurry

Granta reading in New York featured four writers from New York, one so local the bookstore where the reading took place was her local bookstore, and three of the four stories read were set in New York. In other words, it confirmed every stereotype about the New York publishing being a tiny, closed loop. #despair (p.s. Wine was ample.)