A Note on False Starts

A while ago, I was walking through the West Village with a friend of mine. We were discussing the efficacy of personal blogs. What purpose do they serve, and what do they do for us? The conversation meandered between this and a few other tangents on the subject, like: Yeah, it’s always more nerve-wracking putting up a post on your own, without an editor to pass it through. What if I make a grammar mistake? The internet will know I’m a hack, my career will be over!

Except that’s not true, and we knew and acknowledged this.

It’s occurred to me recently that I have a number of half- or quarter-written posts sitting in WordPress of Scrivener—posts and concepts that for whatever reason I’ve decided not to follow through on. Sometimes it’s because I think they’re not good enough. Other times it’s laziness (a lot of the time, yeah, fine).

Good enough for what, though? It occurred to me recently that a collection of public false starts are likely superior to a private one—Janet Malcolm made a book out of them, after all—so I’ve decided to post more.

TLDR; I know more than one Janet Malcolm book, and I’m planning some cool stuff for later. Stay tuned!

Soundtrack Subterranea

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Three years ago I developed a series of written vignettes of NYC subway performers called Soundtrack Subterranea. Despite its awful, awful title it began to pick up momentum and was actually mentioned on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes before a few factors, not least of which was exhaustion, led me to stop the series before it really took off.

The 9-part series can be found on my old blog here for anyone interested. The writing is good, and I’m quite proud of the photography.