In the Course of an Afternoon’s Research: Jueteng in the Philippines

Self once wrote a story in which she mentioned jueteng, just in passing.  She only had an imperfect understanding of how the system worked.  What incredible arrogance.  Now, since she has time, she’s suddenly hungry for facts.  So, going to her huge, overflowing filing cabinet in the garage (!!@@##), she dredges up a very Read the rest of this entry »

Rainy April Wednesday: Perusing RUELLE ELECTRIQUE

Who cares about the unseasonably heavy rain?

Who cares about Florida Governor Charlie Crist deciding to run as an Independent?

Who cares about Tiger and Jesse James? (Though self finds herself caring very much about Kim Kardashian and the revelations that she was a domestic abuse victim).

And why oh why, self, did you send that follow-up e-mail to McSweeney’s?  Even though you read on their website that they only have two editors to plow through thousands of submissions a month?  Where is your writer-ly patience, your customary savoir-faire?

Self has just returned from her usual Wednesday stint at The Writing Center. In the space of two hours, she must have looked at eight papers, on subjects ranging from philosophy to genetics (Probably why her Read the rest of this entry »

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