Archives: [August 2001]
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This is the archive page for the month [August 2001]; 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.

Thinking about ex-girlfriends, part 2. | August 31, 2001
When I was a teen I had a bad and fairly stereotypical way of dealing with women I was attracted to - namely, I'd get involved with them, despite the fact that I already had a girlfriend. It's hard, I...

I've been thinking about ex-girlfriends recently. | August 30, 2001
(Caveat: Today's front page is about events that happened almost fifteen years ago. Some of the factual details may be erroneous, and I've definitely paraphrased some of the dialogue to reflect how I remember the conversations, not how they might...

Chez Mia and the Birthday Girl. | August 29, 2001
Hey, it was my friend *Maryjain's birthday yesterday! Mia decided to throw a surprise party over at her house, which turned out to be a lot of fun. Ah, the hockey ladies - how I do love them. How I...

willow, part 2. | August 27, 2001
willow carries a lot of emotional baggage with her - more than anyone else I've ever known, in fact. She's talked about it in detail at her own zine and website, which is why I don't mind mentioning it...

willow. | August 22, 2001
So last week a writer from upstate New York named willow came to visit me. I've already written about the circumstances behind her visit and how we met in the first place - you might want to go read that...

I'm in a funk. | August 21, 2001
Why? Oh, several reasons. First, I'm feeling this tremendous sense of loss and sadness over willow going home. I mean, I'm old enough to realize that it's not really about willow as much as it is about suddenly being alone...

A great, great Saturday night. | August 20, 2001
My whole weekend, in fact, was probably the most fun one I've had all year - the weather was nice, I hung out with a lot of friends, willow was in town (but more on this later), and in general...

Someone's coming to visit me. | August 15, 2001
It's one of my readers, as a matter of fact - willow, the writer from upstate New York I talked about here a couple of weeks ago. She's riding the Greyhound - a nearly 24-hour trip - and gets here...

My dinner with Garth. | August 13, 2001
So my friend Garth just got back from his summer travels - he's been in Hong Kong, China, Spain and Ireland as part of his job with the Great Books Foundation, teaching seminars and convincing educational organizations there to start...

Random notes. | August 10, 2001
There's lots of stuff I've been wanting to talk about recently, none of them worth more than a couple of sentences apiece. This being Friday, I thought I'd get them all out of the way today. Enjoy! - x -...

Nigger (and why you shouldn't be afraid of words). | August 9, 2001
Have you heard about this new program Chicago is about to unveil this fall? It's called "One Book, One City," and it's an incredibly cool idea - basically, the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Public Library pick a...

Ghost World (OR: "Dude, I know that guy"). | August 8, 2001
Hey, I saw Ghost World this weekend! Are you familiar with this movie? It's a new Hollywood adaptation of the short story by Dan Clowes, itself originally published in the pages of his comic book Eightball. The movie stars Thora...

Happy anniversary. | August 7, 2001
So on Saturday I celebrated a rather personal anniversary - namely, my seventh year of living in Chicago. I celebrate this date (August 4) every year, in fact, for a very simple reason - I think it's a good thing...

[story] Snowmen | August 4, 2001
An online version of my 2001 story "Snowmen," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2001-2004."

[story] A poem to myself on my 32nd birthday | August 4, 2001
An online version of my 2001 story "A poem to myself on my 32nd birthday," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2001-2004."

[story] An ode to the 'We Should Be Famous Club' on the occasion of Yammer's fourth anniversary | August 4, 2001
An online version of my 2001 story "An ode to the 'We Should Be Famous Club' on the occasion of Yammer's fourth anniversary," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2001-2004."

[story] Anyway: a poem for two voices | August 4, 2001
An online version of my 2001 story "Anyway: a poem for two voices," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2001-2004."

Journey Beneath the Center of the Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. | August 3, 2001
So my dear, dear friend Abby made me the best loan last week - she let me borrow all five original "Planet of the Apes" movies on DVD, plus a three-hour documentary on the making of the series, entitled "Behind...

Regarding professional help. | August 1, 2001
So I've been talking with *Raven recently - she's a friend of mine in California who I've had sex with in the past, who I've been trying to make plans to see soon so we can have sex again. (It's...