Archive for November, 2006

The worst sentence in the history of language

Saturday November 25th 2006, 7:28 pm

I have found it. From the novel Triplanetary by E.E. “Doc” Smith, serialized in 1934-35 and collected in 1948:
“Of course,” she said again, as steadily, thrilled this time to the depths of her being by the sheer manhood of him who had thus simply voiced his Code; a man of such fiber that neither love […]

RIP YankTheChain

Wednesday November 22nd 2006, 10:31 pm

Recently I decided not to renew the domain of, the site of the web ‘zine that J.F. Quackenbush and I spent the years of 1998-2003 working on. YankTheChain was the site that I cut my teeth on, that in a very real way taught me how to write. It wasn’t always good, in fact […]

Simpsons in Vermont

Monday November 20th 2006, 2:28 pm

Last night the Simpsons went to the town I live in, Middlebury, VT, and attended a thinly veiled version of the local literary conference, Breadloaf. The show had Michael Chabon and Jonathan Franzan getting into a fist fight, Tom Wolfe making fun of himself, and a cameo from Thomas Pynchon.
May I say: Best. Simpsons. Ever.
Supposedly […]


Sunday November 19th 2006, 6:54 pm

I’ve opened up comments again for the first time in years.
Behave yourselves.

Subjects: me

An idea for a novel I probably will not write

Sunday November 19th 2006, 2:31 pm

The river’s first sighting by a European was in 1516, when Spanish seaman Juan Díaz de Solís discovered it during his search for a passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. He and a group of his men disembarked in what is today the Uruguayan Department of Colonia and were attacked by the natives […]


Saturday November 18th 2006, 6:11 pm

I’ve been making some changes to the site. For most of the existence of “Version 3,” I’ve used it as a “datamine”—that is a link collector where I could store links to things I found interesting or useful. However, there’s a website that specializes in that sort of thing, called, which has some features […]

Reviewing Thomas Pynchon—In Installments - Newsweek Books -

Saturday November 18th 2006, 4:03 pm

Reviewing Thomas Pynchon—In Installments - Newsweek Books -

George Saunders on Realist fiction | News | Guardian Unlimited Books

Saturday November 18th 2006, 4:03 pm

George Saunders on Realist fiction | News | Guardian Unlimited Books

Some notes on Invitation to a Beheading

Saturday November 18th 2006, 12:37 am

Some Notes on Invitation to a Beheading

Stalin’s Human-Ape Hybrids

Wednesday November 15th 2006, 11:03 am

Stalin tried to crossbreed humans with apes in order to create a race of super-warriors.

Subjects: history, humor, weird

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