Category Archives: Bird By Bird

Taking Note : What You (Wish You) Could Find In My Back Pocket

8:09 AM – Walked to Panera this morning. Two different dogs at two different points on the journey barked in my direction. I inspire music. *** “I like to think that Henry James said his classic line, ‘A writer is … Continue reading

Posted in Bird By Bird, Stories, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Celebration of One Student’s Bitchiness, of Personal Hypocrisies, and of The Truest Part of Any Eulogy

10:12 AM – Pug-dog asleep on me as I read. Awakening, he stretches his paws into my face. They smell like corn chips. He is the Corn-Chip Chicken. *** “Rationality squeezes out much that is rich and juicy and fascinating.” … Continue reading

Posted in Bird By Bird, Fear and Trembling, Stories, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Anne Lamott’s Rosie – A Review

8:21 AM – Met Pepe for coffee. Discussed our late 80s golden age of television, the glory of Arrested Development, Jason Segel’s genius puppetry, the sincerity of youth, the ridiculousness of youth, the irony of a nonnative Spanish speaker teaching … Continue reading

Posted in Bird By Bird, Books, Stories, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Thoughts on How and Why Writers (Should) Eavesdrop

7:43 AM – At Panera. The cashier girl did not intend to mislead me by wearing an ex-co-worker’s name-tag, so I did not feel sheepish for addressing Kelly as Brady, but I did say the former name appeared more fitting. … Continue reading

Posted in Bird By Bird, Stories, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

What Fiction Can Teach Us and The Various Incarnations of Believing

7:26 AM – There is no Cesar Milan to tell me why my pug has taken to choral practices, sitting on the couch’s edge, singing into open living spaces, as if he’s beckoning the clawed scratch of a lover pug … Continue reading

Posted in Bird By Bird, Books, Stories, Writing | 5 Comments

An Unintended Celebration of How The Wife and I Find The Most Balance When The Plum Line’s Tipped

9:14 AM – Slept in after a late night at the Ass show. My awesome black-tee shirted wife endured her first thrash metal circle pit and felt the floor buckle beneath a dude’s skull. She came home hungry for sleep … Continue reading

Posted in Bird By Bird, The Marriage Arts | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Scary Rants Vol. 2 : The Silly Question of Reconciling Art and Faith

10:08 AM – Another Final Exam. Coffee. Entertainment Weekly. Grading. Phone calculator. Light in sight. *** “We all know we’re going to die; what’s most important is the kind of men and women we are in the face of this.” … Continue reading

Posted in Bird By Bird, Fear and Trembling, Horror, Scary Rants, Stories | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments