Well-Dressed Prose

  • It’s not me. It’s you.
    I’ve attempted to work through the perennial classic The Artist’s Way three times. I say “attempted” because I’ve never made it all the way through the book’s process, and I blamed myself each time I failed. I didn’t focus enough, I hadn’t given myself enough time, I didn’t follow through, I wasn’t disciplined, et cetera.… Read more: It’s not me. It’s you.
  • I guess I’m a croissant now?
    They say the backbone of a good newsletter is consistency, and I haven’t been able to deliver that recently. Little workaday setbacks have been throwing me off more seriously than they normally would. Am I burned out? Maybe. But I think what’s happening is slightly different and a little more insidious. I’m a little overwhelmed,… Read more: I guess I’m a croissant now?
  • The Devil’s in the Details
    Harold gulped down the strange breakfast cereal Greta had insisted was his favorite as he studied a row of snow-covered shapes in the backyard. “Where did the flower beds go?” he asked. “Those shrubs weren’t there before the storm.” Greta’s impatient fingers pulled him away from the frosted window. “Let frozen dogs lie, Harry. You’ll… Read more: The Devil’s in the Details
  • jack reacher is a giant freak
    This may seem out of character, but I love Jack Reacher. I’ve read most of the books and I also enjoy the Prime series. To me, Jack (No Middle Name) Reacher is an endlessly fascinating cultural artifact. First of all, the Reacher novels are written by a British guy (and, more recently, his brother). Sure,… Read more: jack reacher is a giant freak
  • Dress a little better with this one weird trick.
    There’s an obvious but often overlooked way to have a better relationship with your clothing: You need a tailor. Modern clothing sucks. There are many reasons (check out the Clotheshorse Podcast for more info), but shoddy fabric and poor construction are often to blame. Even when you find well-made clothing in a fabric that will… Read more: Dress a little better with this one weird trick.
  • Reunited, and it sounds so good.
    I know this doesn’t sound like a life-altering event, but a shelf broke on our CD rack about 10 years ago, leaving a giant crater in my life. Sounds dramatic, right? (Have you met me? Of course it sounds dramatic.) That event inspired me to digitize my massive CD collection because IKEA no longer sold… Read more: Reunited, and it sounds so good.
  • If Groundhog Day isn’t a great day to start over, I don’t know what is.
    If you’re getting this, you can reasonably conclude that I left That Controversial Platform. Basically… I went old school. I’m “blogging” again, but you’re still getting my posts in your email through the magic of automation.
  • Some Mistakes Have Been Made
    I really messed up my exit from Substack. I chose a service that’s harder to manage from a technical standpoint, misread some directions when I imported my subscribers (thereby losing the vast majority of them), and found myself back at square one in many respects. I also changed web hosts and managed to mangle my… Read more: Some Mistakes Have Been Made
  • This is a placeholder!
    The block editor is killing me, but I will fix all of this later. I always say, “We’ll fix that in post!” So now I guess it’s time to follow through on that sentiment.