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This is the archive page for the month [July 2000]; below you should see headlines and summaries of all entries found here from that month. Click the appropriate link at each to read the entire entry.

Regarding cute girls and bullshit justifications. | July 31, 2000
There's an old adage out there (told to me every time I get bitter about women), that says that one cannot actually find a romantic partner until one stops looking for a romantic partner. Which of course sounds curiously to...

Regarding correspondence. | July 28, 2000
A number of unrelated events this week have made me really stop and think about the subject of correspondence, of the letters people write to me and the letters I write to them. I thought I'd spend a little time...

Letter to J. (dominance and submission). | July 27, 2000
Hi there, J. I'm sorry I don't get the chance to write as much as I'd like - your letters are always so entertaining and thought-provoking, and I wish I had the time to write back in kind. Well, your...

So, here I am at Madbar. | July 25, 2000
I'm at the open mic, half my brain listening to the poetry on stage, half my brain writing this front page, half my brain wrecked on bourbon. Yes, I know that's three halves. Shut up. I'm trying to get into...

Well, I had a fun weekend. | July 24, 2000
Friday after work I went and finally saw "X-Men," which turned out to be a lot better than I was expecting, given all the bad reviews that came out. There's this specific critic here in Chicago named Michael Wilmington (head...

24 confessions about sex, part 2. | July 21, 2000
Inspired by the "24 Useless Facts About Myself" meme being posted throughout Blogger right now. Please see part 1 for the first half of this list. 13. No one ever believes me when I tell them the size of my...

24 confessions about sex. | July 20, 2000
(Inspired by the "24 Useless Facts About Me" meme currently being posted throughout Blogger.) 1. There are nude photos of me on the internet. Why? I've had a lot of issues with my body ever since I was a little...

A profound reminder of why I love books. | July 19, 2000
So I'm scheduled to stay in a hotel room with a writer I don't know, Douglas Martin, while at the National Poetry Slam next month in Providence. Friend of a friend, we're all broke, you know how that goes. I...

So, here's version 5.0. | July 17, 2000
It wouldn't be up so quickly if not for the fact that I was deathly ill all last week, so I suppose there's something to be said for bronchial infections after all. In case you're curious, the new layout affected...

Odds and ends. | July 14, 2000
Here's a couple of small things that have happened to me this week that I thought I'd mention. The Jason Pettus Book Club. This week at Joyblue, someone admitted to me that he and two of his friends have formed...

Flirting with FITALY. | July 13, 2000
One of my Palm correspondents was telling me this week about a new piece of software she's been using called FITALY. Like the perennially underground geek-toy Dvorak, FITALY is an attempt to change the order of the traditional QWERTY keyboard...

Gay sex or masturbation machine? Part 2. | July 12, 2000
(The contents of today's front page may be of a questionable nature to those of more delicate constitutions - including, as always, the author's parents. Please proceed with caution.) (Please see Part 1 for complete backstory.) So there I am,...

Gay sex or masturbation machine? That's the question. | July 11, 2000
(The contents of today's front page may be of questionable nature to those of more delicate constitutions - including, as always, the author's parents. Please proceed with caution.) So through a set of random circumstances that I won't go into...

Pretending to be a journalist. | July 10, 2000
It is 12:01 a.m., Friday night, and I am standing in the middle of Barbara's Bookstore at North and Wells here in Chicago. I am watching a throng of about 200 people, half adults and half children, celebrating together the...

And the rest of the weekend. | July 6, 2000
After my rather nutso Saturday and Sunday in Ohio last weekend, you can well imagine that I took the rest of the holiday rather easy. Monday I ran around and got some errands done - got a haircut, tried to...

Notes from Ohio. | July 5, 2000
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. On the road for three hours now with Greg, from Chicago to Dayton Ohio to catch the last half of the "Rust Belt" midwest regional poetry slam. Our internet-derived driving plan says it will be a five-hour...