Ah, I don’t need Yaddo, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Jonathan Karp. I’ve got my version of two turntables and a microphone: A website and a little WordPress blog

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

If an article appears on JournalismWorksProject.org and Wikipedia won’t cite it does Kevin Heldman still  get to call himself a reporter when people ask him what he does for a living?

I would argue yes because I drank with a famous man who went to Yaddo; David Remnick, when he was a staffer, said I could use his name for a query (he endorsed) I was submitting to The New Yorker; my wife interviewed Jonathan Karp for a Japanese publication 15 years ago; and as for McSweeney’s – –  how hard could it be for someone who’s read CJR since 1990 and once believed he should engage in Onanism before writing so his work would be pure and not show-offy.   For a cat who wanted writing solitude so badly he moved his desk into a closet in his dorm apt. (and it was a small closet).  For someone who did like William Vollmann in Afghanistan; got slapped on the back by Harry Evans at the Yale club; and once, to stay in writerly shape, wrote prose on the very walls he was sanding for a construction job. 

Not get into McSweeney’s — ridiculous.


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