September 13, 2014
austinkleon:

Denis Johnson, Jesus’ Son

Fun story: Johnson published this book to pay his tax bill:


  Jesus’ Son was an act of literary desperation. There had been a second divorce and a call from the IRS asking him to please pay the $10,000 he owed. Bankrupt, Johnson turned to some “memories” he’d jotted down years back — vignettes of his drug-abusing past that he never considered publishing — and sent them to The New Yorker. To his surprise, several were accepted. Fortified with $4,000, Johnson contacted Jonathan Galassi, his editor and the president of Farrar, Straus & Giroux. “I told him, ‘I’ll make you a book of short stories; all you have to do is pay off the IRS.’”


And (can’t find the source for this quote, but it’s posted all over):


  What’s funny about Jesus’ Son is that I never even wrote that book, I just wrote it down. I would tell these stories apropos of nothing about when I was drinking and using and people would say, “You should write these things down.” I was probably 35 when I wrote the first story. The voice is kind of a mix in that it has a young voice, but it’s also someone who’s looking back. I like that kind of double vision. So I worked on them once in a while, then I started using stories I heard other people tell, and then I started making some up. Pretty soon it was fiction. Then I just forgot about it. I thought, I’m not going to parade my defects, my history of being a spiritual cripple, out in front of a lot of other people..


Filed under: my reading year 2014

austinkleon:

Denis Johnson, Jesus’ Son

Fun story: Johnson published this book to pay his tax bill:

Jesus’ Son was an act of literary desperation. There had been a second divorce and a call from the IRS asking him to please pay the $10,000 he owed. Bankrupt, Johnson turned to some “memories” he’d jotted down years back — vignettes of his drug-abusing past that he never considered publishing — and sent them to The New Yorker. To his surprise, several were accepted. Fortified with $4,000, Johnson contacted Jonathan Galassi, his editor and the president of Farrar, Straus & Giroux. “I told him, ‘I’ll make you a book of short stories; all you have to do is pay off the IRS.’”

And (can’t find the source for this quote, but it’s posted all over):

What’s funny about Jesus’ Son is that I never even wrote that book, I just wrote it down. I would tell these stories apropos of nothing about when I was drinking and using and people would say, “You should write these things down.” I was probably 35 when I wrote the first story. The voice is kind of a mix in that it has a young voice, but it’s also someone who’s looking back. I like that kind of double vision. So I worked on them once in a while, then I started using stories I heard other people tell, and then I started making some up. Pretty soon it was fiction. Then I just forgot about it. I thought, I’m not going to parade my defects, my history of being a spiritual cripple, out in front of a lot of other people..

Filed under: my reading year 2014

September 10, 2014
At my desk wishing I was here. #GlacierNationalPark July 1, 2013
#hiking #nationalpark #nofilter

At my desk wishing I was here. #GlacierNationalPark July 1, 2013
#hiking #nationalpark #nofilter

September 5, 2014
Had I Known LinkedIn Was Notifying People Every Time I Viewed Their Profile I Would Have Made Some Different Choices These Last Six Months

hothotphone:

Dear Jamie,

Hi! How are you? Figured I’d drop a little note, just to catch up.

Hey, you know what I heard the other day? That every time you view someone’s LinkedIn profile, they get a notification. Every single time. I wonder if that’s true, I had no idea. Seems like an invasion of…

September 5, 2014
hello-the-future:

American Girl brought Samantha out of the vault and updated her look.
They also gave her some vomit-worthy copy: “I’m all heart and always ready to lend a hand to somebody in need.” What happened to Samantha being a “bright Victorian beauty” with privilege issues and a grumpy streak?
She looks vapid now. Like she’s coming to us from the uncanny valley of the dolls.

hello-the-future:

American Girl brought Samantha out of the vault and updated her look.

They also gave her some vomit-worthy copy: “I’m all heart and always ready to lend a hand to somebody in need.” What happened to Samantha being a “bright Victorian beauty” with privilege issues and a grumpy streak?

She looks vapid now. Like she’s coming to us from the uncanny valley of the dolls.

September 1, 2014
austinkleon:

How to tag your paper notebook

Awesome. (via)

austinkleon:

How to tag your paper notebook

Awesome. (via)

August 31, 2014
One of the springs in Saratoga Springs. This one is downtown in Congress Park. #mineralwater #saratoga #horseracing  (at Congress Park)

One of the springs in Saratoga Springs. This one is downtown in Congress Park. #mineralwater #saratoga #horseracing (at Congress Park)

August 31, 2014
Art and artist at the last weekend of the season at the Saratoga flat track. #saratoga #track #horseracing #betting

Art and artist at the last weekend of the season at the Saratoga flat track. #saratoga #track #horseracing #betting

August 30, 2014
MASSMOCA dance party!!!

MASSMOCA dance party!!!

August 30, 2014
Didn’t expect to find more tomatoes in the garden so soon. Thank you @reneesgardenseeds Best tomato season ever. #tomatoes #seeds #gardening #garden #grow

Didn’t expect to find more tomatoes in the garden so soon. Thank you @reneesgardenseeds Best tomato season ever. #tomatoes #seeds #gardening #garden #grow

August 29, 2014
Good work on a pleasant summer evening. Cooked down a basket of tomatoes from the garden while listening to the Grand Ole Opry. Now if the jars would cool enough to put into the freezer, I could go to bed. #gardening #tomatoes #summer #sauce #Opry #seemedappropriate

Good work on a pleasant summer evening. Cooked down a basket of tomatoes from the garden while listening to the Grand Ole Opry. Now if the jars would cool enough to put into the freezer, I could go to bed. #gardening #tomatoes #summer #sauce #Opry #seemedappropriate

August 29, 2014
Lake George, NY. #longweekend #lakegeorge #Adirondacks #tourist #vacation

Lake George, NY. #longweekend #lakegeorge #Adirondacks #tourist #vacation

August 22, 2014
The mother in me loves this painting. Who is the artist?  #theclark #berkshires #art

The mother in me loves this painting. Who is the artist? #theclark #berkshires #art

August 22, 2014

Visited some old friends at The Clark today. clark art.edu

August 22, 2014
Travers tomorrow. I will go to Saratoga on a quieter day. My advice, http://bit.ly/visitsaratoga does not work for Travers. You are on your own. Visiting on another day? Read on. #travers #saratoga #horseracing #jockey #betting #exacta

Travers tomorrow. I will go to Saratoga on a quieter day. My advice, http://bit.ly/visitsaratoga does not work for Travers. You are on your own. Visiting on another day? Read on. #travers #saratoga #horseracing #jockey #betting #exacta

August 22, 2014
Hanging with Sterling and Francine again today. Loving their new digs. #theclark #berkshires #art

Hanging with Sterling and Francine again today. Loving their new digs. #theclark #berkshires #art

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