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mcphedran's writing blog · 5h ago

Fire Hydrants in Distress

They are here for us. But what do we do when they are in distress? Take pictures.
mcphedran's writing blog · 2d ago

Kacy & Clayton Play The Mercury Lounge

Kacy & Clayton build the moment to stay in, look around and wonder what the hell else there could be.Kacy Anderson’s voice offers an assurance, belonging in this moment and no other. Clayton...
mcphedran's writing blog · 5d ago

Ice Friday: Francis Bacon on Form

I work on what’s called the given form. If you look at forms, they’re extremely, in a sense, unrepresentational. One of the things I’ve always tried to analyze is why it is that, if the form...
mcphedran's writing blog · 1W ago

The Special Age Calculator

I recently calculated my 1,000th blog to have been posted on my 1,991st day of blogging, which led me to wonder how many days I have been doing many things, including living, which led me to...
mcphedran's writing blog · 1W ago

Ice Friday: Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn”

I took the paper up and held it in my hand. I was a trembling, because I’d got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, holding my breath, and then I says...
mcphedran's writing blog · 1W ago

Blog #1,000

My first blog post, 1,790 days ago, was on Christian Marclay’s The Clock.I have posted 999 times since, each somehow related to “my writing process”. Notes on The Bachelor and Hurricane Sand...
mcphedran's writing blog · 2W ago

Lady Smashes Cell With Old-School Receiver

She didn’t look that mad as she turned toward the phone booth, cell phone in hand, and then placed it on the dirty metal grill where the phone books used to be. That’s when she let it have i...
mcphedran's writing blog · 2W ago

This Thing Called Race: Adichie’s “Americanah”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah is a long and winding love story, unavoidably about race: “I mean ‘nigger is a word that exists. People use it. It is part of America. It has caused a l...
mcphedran's writing blog · 2W ago

Ice Friday: Oscar Wilde’s “Dorian Gray”

I never approve or disapprove of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take toward life. We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices. The reason we all like to think so we...
mcphedran's writing blog · 3W ago

Alien Covenant: Blandly Gratuitous

I have a weakness for Ridley Scott’s Alien franchise, partially due to its ominous vision, but mostly because the original was so well made, everything from characters and plot to music and ...