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July 19, 2012


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I blame the writing programs. I know, I know, it's fashionable to blame the writing programs, but that's because it really IS the writing programs. The WPs tell them to find their own "voice" without telling them where voice comes from: the attendant humility, the cutting-and-snipping of the material that flows through the brain of every reasonably intelligent egomaniacal twenty-something male mind, and finally, the paranoia, the feeling that someone might be coming up behind you with a knife, to stop this logorrhea at its source--which is just a metaphor for the realization, at a level deeper than one's balls, that there are other people in the world.

Hi James Cummins! Thanks for your comment. Which video are you referring to?

I--I don't know what you mean! Who's this--what's his name?--"James Cummins"? Never heard of him.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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