Nowhere Are We Commanded To Be Doormats (2018/09/07 08:00)
Kevin Drum dropped an aphorism worth repeating: "When you write, pretend you’re writing for people you respect."
For Me Or For Them Or For Us? (2018/08/22 09:00)
When you start by trying to please others instead of yourself, you end up pleasing no one.
What We Do In The Shadows (2018/05/06 01:00)
On ramping up from an audience that can be counted on one hand.
A Second Life On Video (2018/04/21 08:00)
Movies have more second lives than ever, but only because they barely have first ones.
But Will It Play For The Over-21 Set? (2018/03/13 05:00)
How different a standard should we have for works aimed at younger audiences vs. those aimed at "all" audiences?
The Critic-Proof Story (2018/02/18 01:00)
Spoiler: It doesn't exist.
If You Can't Please Yourself ... (2018/01/19 08:00)
Works don't exist just to please audiences. But authors also don't exist just to please themselves.
57 Channels Redux (2018/01/05 05:00)
And still nothing on.
Me And One Other Fool (2017/08/16 08:00)
Who's really worth pleasing when you're writing? (And why?)
Action And Reaction And We-action (2017/08/06 07:00)
On not second-guessing audience responses to your work (again).
I'm Just Here For The Beer Dept. (2017/07/02 08:00)
On when not everyone who shows up for your work is showing up for your work.
The Big Snub Dept. (2016/01/29 02:00)
At what point does "doing your own thing" become mere contempt for the audience?
Them's Fighting Words Dept. (2016/01/19 06:00)
On "pretentious" and "elitist".
I'll Tell Me What To Do Dept. (2015/11/21 10:00)
"What kind of story should I write?" How about one that's, you know, yours?
Noise Filters Dept. (2015/02/13 10:00)
The uncanny has become the new normal.
Fifty Million Elvis Fans Strike Back Dept. (2014/12/12 11:00)
Because if it's popular, it has to be good! Right? Right?
Many Legs And No Brain Dept. (2014/12/11 10:00)
There is no creativity by committee, but we love to believe otherwise.
Honk If You Like Baudelaire Dept. (2014/07/20 10:00)
On media as a water-cooler subject, and how it becomes about everything except itself.
Someone Else's Eyes Dept. (2014/07/15 04:00)
The eyes we give creators to look through aren't even their own anymore -- they're a composite of everyone else's.
Dr. Goodreads Dept. (2014/06/17 02:00)
On why hyping yourself always feels like it should be someone else's job -- except when it really isn't.
Flop Of The Pops Dept. (2014/05/31 10:00)
Empire's greatest-movies list is skewing unpleasantly towards spectacle and superficial fanboyism.
Hold Your Collective Breath Dept. (2014/04/13 10:00)
On how there can be "suspense without surprise".
Dream On, Dream Off Dept. (2014/04/01 03:20)
Give the people what they want. Or you can give the people what you want.
Slush Piles Dept. (2014/01/17 10:00)
How both self-publishing and conventional publishing are doing authors and readers (and critics) the same kinds of disservices.
This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get Dept. (2014/01/04 10:00)
"In a few generations, there will be no new ideas, only popular ones."
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind