Thursday Excuses & Hangovers

I’m home with some sort of truly nasty crud, currently watching an episode of the A-Team on Sleuth, which bears the following description: "The team works from a pub to stop a loan shark from terrorizing small businesses; guest Wings Hauser." (The commercials they show on this network are terrible, sad and funny.) Next I’ll watch Rosie on The View. A few things:

Now I go back to collapsing. Emails I owe you will come soon. Promise.

8 thoughts on “Thursday Excuses & Hangovers”

  1. GREAT link to Justine. Just yesterday I posted about the best writing advice I’ve ever gotten. I had to update my post once I’d read Justine’s secrets! Thank You!

  2. Thanks for the link. Re Jackson, I like that piece too, but I somehow have a slightly shaky sense of her as an author – I’ve read lots of her stories in anthologies, and _The Haunting of Hill House_, but I don’t feel I have an overall handle on what she’s trying to do. Hence me skating past that one.
    (That said, if there was ever an archetypal slipstream story, it’s Jackson’s “The Beautiful Stranger”.)

  3. Oooh, yes on “The Beautiful Stranger.” Jackson is one of those few writers who I would unequivocally recommend tracking down everything she wrote. (Not that I’ve read it all yet, but I haven’t been disappointed to date and I’ve read a lot.) She’s just amazing. (I think of her the way a lot of people think of PKD, maybe.) We Have Always Lived in the Castle is one of my favorite novels. I’m still trying to track down a copy of her nonfiction book on witchcraft. And to bring this back around to the original topic, here’s an old review by Lethem when a bunch of her short fiction was published for the first time in the late ’90s.

  4. I think I actually read it as a (witchcraft-obsessed) kid, but at the time I had no idea who Shirley Jackson was, and only just now made the connection thanks to your post. Cool.

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