Interpretive Overdrive: A Checklist For Neurotic Introverts

1 year ago with 18 comments in Uncategorized
Good working definition for a neurotic: someone whose Interpretive Faculty is perpetually on overdrive. Observe, gentle reader: Normal person in the car:Hey, I know this song. [enjoys, sings along badly] Neurotic in the car: Should I turn on my Aphex Twin CD? But I’ve been wondering lately whether I am losing sight of how to appreciate beauty, so maybe listening to Aphex right now will ...

Wednesday Tweet Digest, Vol. 5

1 year ago with 4 comments in Uncategorized
The best (according to me) tweets I have twitted over the course of the previous week or so, as a momentary stay against the essential evanescence of twitter. I dunno who Jason Derulo is but I just muted him for unsolicited abs — Joseph Prever (@stevegershom) August 11, 2014 Pro tip: when an introvert says “Well, ANYways”, that is code for “BY ALL THAT IS HOLY PLEASE RELEASE ...

Warrior Catholic

3 years ago with 6 comments in Uncategorized
How ’bout this: The Warrior Catholic wants to interview me. I’m excited. If you don’t know already, I have a deep, mellifluous, exceedingly masculine voice that has been compared to: Butter, Dark velvet, and Vin Diesel. Some of that is true. Anyway the interview will be on Sunday, September 16th, at 3pm EST. You can even — whoa — call in with questions. Details ...

Young ‘Uns

4 years ago with 11 comments in Uncategorized
The move was successful and I am officially installed in a humongous house, with two other people. They are young ‘uns, not long out of college, but I believe we’ll get along, as long as I have a bedroom (and even an attic, woohoo!) to disappear to if need be. And oh my goodness I thought I was a geek: these are people who actually discuss KEPLER at the DINNER TABLE and make JOKES ...

Shark Tank

4 years ago with 4 comments in Uncategorized
Welp, I managed to host another party. This one was to say goodbye to my apartment, since I’ll be moving out this Feb. I had TWENTY people over.1 I was planning to do the good host thing when each person came: take the coat, get them a drink, get them talking to somebody, then wait for the next one. Instead, since everybody was fashionably late by almost exactly the same amount of time, ...

Damn It Feels Good to be a Recluse

4 years ago with 19 comments in Uncategorized
I love being alone, and I hate it. Am I a natural introvert, or a thwarted extrovert? I spent all Sunday by myself. Some people would envy the pants off me for that — I’m thinking again of my married siblings. I know they love their kids and love spending time with them, but I know from my years as a teacher that being surrounded, all day long, by little people who need things, ...

Hosting

5 years ago with 12 comments in Uncategorized
Post-party blues. I had more than twenty people over last night, and all I’ve got to show for it is a kitchen floor covered in beery footprints — someone brought a keg?! — and a pantry full of tortilla fragments and mostly-empties. It was fun, which frankly sort of surprised me. For someone who used to be scared of going to parties at all — or really even just talking ...