Archive for October 14, 2008

Sometimes, Once Is Enough

October 14, 2008

Fox, Loeb up for ‘Wall Street’ sequel

As Wall Street continues to capture headlines due to market volatility, 20th Century Fox is moving forward with a “Wall Street” sequel.

Allan Loeb (“21”) has been tapped to pen the screenplay, which is being fast-tracked by the studio as a Michael Douglas starrer, though the actor is not formally attached.

The modern-day story will again center on Gordon Gekko, who has recently been sprung from prison and re-emerges into a much more tumultuous financial world than the one he once lorded over. The Bud Fox character, played by Charlie Sheen in the original, will not appear in the latest incarnation.

My own sequel would be short.

Gekko leaves prison.

Is met by mob.

Mob lynches the bastard, douses his writhing body with gasoline, and sets him on fire.

Revenge is good!

Writer Jimmy Lee Shreeve: Site Redesign #2

October 14, 2008

He went and changed his template again.

This time the design makes it very apparent just how much posting he’s doing!

I loved this: Iceland for sale.

Poor Iceland. All those scheming years they probably all looked forward to a future where they would show the rest of the world how to create a society where it’s possible to retire at age 25 and Enjoy The Good Life. The deluded bastards have sold themselves into bondage forever (or at least until an IMF bailout and eventual Third World-like Loan Forgiveness package).

This post really took my breath away: Up until 1914 an Englishman could pass through life hardly noticing the state – so what happened?

It’s a must-read. You can feel the freedom.

Previously here:

J.K. Rowling Gets Shreeved
Writer Jimmy Lee Shreeve: Site Redesign

Writer Melanie Phillips: Election USA 2008

October 14, 2008

America’s first far-left radical President?

Please don’t get me wrong. I am not a particular fan of John McCain. I think he is indeed erratic, and has run a lousy campaign. And the exhausted Republicans deserve to lose. But the prospect of Obama in the White House as America’s first far-Left radical president is deeply worrying.

She summarizes the dirt others have been sweeping under the rug in this election (although her take on Palin is itself worrying — in that it reveals my fellow Americans are dumber than even I imagined!).

Go give it a good read.

I Get Daily Life Coaching Via Twitter

October 14, 2008

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Writer Matthew Gallagher: Jump On It!

October 14, 2008

Great minds think alike… so don’t freak out.

Oh, how it used to freak me out! To see things seemingly plucked from the sanctity of my mind becoming the “creation” and “property” of others. And then I ran across advice of the sort Matthew is giving here, which is advice every writer should read and let sink deeply into the brain.

I’ll cheat (and probably drive him up the wall!) by going straight for the point, with the last paragraph:

The only thing to learn from it, is that when you have a good idea, you need to seize upon it, and really work to make it happen, or else you’ll see it done by someone else, and making them money. When that happens I suppose you could legitimately get mad, but only at yourself for your own procrastination.

But go read all of it.

Writer Joseph Devon: Content And Link

October 14, 2008

And also this, first: This City Rarely Disappoints

Whenever I’m not sure what to write about or am locked into a boring mental cycle I’ve found that the greatest cure in the world is to go walk around Manhattan a bit.

Go see the picture. It’s killer. Beats all of mine!

Second: Write six words; win a Kindle

Okay, so here it is.

The Matthew and Epp stories don’t have a name. I’m having no luck thinking of one. So you’re going to think of one.

I’m starting a contest where you can submit possible titles, I’ll pick my favorite, and the winner gets either an Amazon Kindle or a Sony Reader, your choice. Runners up get signed copies of the book. The contest will run until mid-ish December.

The details are contained in the “Contest” tab at the top of the page.

Go read. Go enter.

Finally, this: A quick link

Which is soooo damned interesting but I’ll use the quote he used, which snagged my interest and made me go there:

“He’s reading his phone.” Think about how alien that sounds. Think about how somebody from just half a generation ago would try to parse that sentence: “He’s reading his phone.” It sounds like something out of a Haruki Murakami novel. You might as well tell a record company executive that people have started listening to their cameras. And in fact, they have. Welcome to the future.

Writer K.A. Bedford: When The Baby Dies

October 14, 2008

All at Sea

The new book project died on the table today. Which is to say, I admitted that it was chock full of bits that didn’t go together at all well. I’m feeling pretty glum about it, but consider that it would be worse if I had a repeat of the UMBRA fiasco, where I actually finished the damn thing before discovering it was a giant bag of steaming poo. So it could be worse.

There’s more. Go read.

Writer Cliff Burns Stabs NaNoWriMo

October 14, 2008

Cause of Death: Writing

Oh, the post is about much more than that. It’s about The Call.

But I can’t resist his stab-stab-kill-kill of that schmucky NaNoWriMo bullshit:

Real writers don’t need an idiotic event like National Novel Writing Month to get them kick-started. Every year when November rolls around I cringe because I know a horde of amateur fuckwits will be filling forums with progress reports on their masterpieces, playing at being authors. Romance writers and fantasy wannabes, hobbyists who do great disservice to those of us who pay the price day after day, year after year, as we go about honing our craft. Do these fucking morons have any idea the kind of sacrifice and pain the writing life demands from its practitioners? Do they really believe their pathetic, semi-literate efforts are deserving of any kind of respect or approbation?

Go Cliff Go!

And he quotes writer Nicholas Christopher:

I am working my through the first 100 pages of a new novel … and finding, as always, that writing of any kind, but especially the writing of novels, is a humbling profession. You start all over again and realize it doesn’t get any easier, no matter how many books you’ve written — nor should it get easier, if you’re doing what you’re supposed to and trying to reach new places with your work.

Which ties into my next post, about writer K.A. Bedford!

Previously, at the old blog:


Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #338: Iceland 5

October 14, 2008

Will Iceland starve?

Icelandic Shoppers Splurge as Currency Woes Reduce Food Imports

Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) — After a four-year spending spree, Icelanders are flooding the supermarkets one last time, stocking up on food as the collapse of the banking system threatens to cut the island off from imports.

“We have had crazy days for a week now,” said Johannes Smari Oluffsson, manager of the Bonus discount grocery store in Reykjavik’s main shopping center. “Sales have doubled.”

Bonus, a nationwide chain, has stock at its warehouse for about two weeks. After that, the shelves will start emptying unless it can get access to foreign currency, the 22-year-old manager said, standing in a walk-in fridge filled with meat products, among the few goods on sale produced locally.

Emphasis added by me.


Iceland’s rugged, treeless terrain, a barren stretch of volcanic rock, geysers and moss, means the country imports most food, other than meat, fish and dairy products.

Magnusson said last week that one of Iceland’s largest supermarket chains was unable to get any foreign currency to make purchases abroad and another retailer’s electronic payment didn’t go through. Iceland will begin to see shortages of “regular goods” by the end of the week if nothing changes, he said.

“We are struggling to make the economy survive from hour to hour,” Magnusson said. “There is an enormous amount of capital that wants to get out of the country.”

Emphasis added by me.


Shoppers are paying more for the goods they do get. The cost of fruits and vegetables, nearly all of which are imported, have gone up about 50 percent in recent months, said Steinunn Kristinsdottir, a 33-year-old Reykjavik resident who was leaving the Bonus store with her cart full.

Emphasis added by me.

Watch Iceland.

Our future is previewing there.

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #337: Lies!

October 14, 2008

Pilger’s law: ‘If it’s been officially denied, then it’s probably true’

“I have his wonderful front page,” he says, leading the way up to his office via a staircase decorated with framed photographs of his journalistic adventures, family and friends. And there it is, Wilfred Burchett’s scoop from 5 September 1945 with the headline “The Atomic Plague”, the intro, “I write this as a warning to the world…” and the byline “by Peter Burchett”. “The sub got his name wrong. Wilfred forgave him,” observes Pilger. “The entire press corps of Japan were embedded and on the day he set out on this perilous journey to Hiroshima, Japan had just been defeated and foreign journalists were being shepherded to see General MacArthur receive a ritualistic sword of defeat. Burchett said, ‘To hell with that, that’s not the real story,’ and headed the other way.”

Burchett was demonised for his revelation that deaths at Hiroshima were caused by more than a bomb blast. The New York Times ran a “No Radioactivity in Hiroshima” piece and Burchett was branded a crazy leftie. The treatment echoes that meted out to Pilger following his 1970 film The Quiet Mutiny, which revealed rebellion in US military ranks during the Vietnam War.

That documentary, stemming from articles Pilger had produced for Hugh Cudlipp’s Daily Mirror, was denounced by the American government, which complained to the broadcasting authorities. “I had no experience of anything like this, everything seemed to fall down around my shoulders and it was disturbing. But the story that film told became the received wisdom all over the world within a year.”

Emphasis added by me.

And look what I found searching The New York Times website:

Click = big

As the economy grinds to a halt, those in charge will lie to us about the extent of the damage — as they always have, as they always will.

Be prepared for that.

Oh, and the liar, General Farrell? He died in 1967. Of cancer.