wheres-george-Who likes money?  I know I do.  And I always have.  But not in the way you think.  Would I tolerate greater quantities in my possession?  Absolutely.  But that is not my goal.  No, what really interests me is the actual paper, the ink, the security measures especially.  I love looking at it.  Find it fascinating.  And am always on the lookout for nuances/irregularities.

And it was in this context that I was delighted to discover on one of the rare actual one-dollar bills I encountered (who uses real cash anymore, seriously?) the red-lettered message “Track this bill at www.WheresGeorge.com.” Continue reading

How to Think More About S-E-X

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I know what you’re thinking.  “More?  How could I possibly think more?”

But Alain de Botton’s How to Think More About Sex explores a qualitative more rather than a quantitative one.  A philosophical quandary rather than a sensual meandering.  In short, he explores ideas on how to think about it generally (he uses the catchy term “sex,” but it applies to all aspects of romance, relationships, and love), but does not share specific spicy episodes.


****DISCLAIMER- It hopefully goes without saying, but I don’t necessarily agree with the vast majority of his ideas.  But I found them interesting nevertheless.**** Continue reading

Fifty Shades of Grey Discussion

So not too long away D2 was talking about the bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey. While I was in the Portland airport last week, I’d guess that I saw at least 50 people reading it.

Well, the New York Times has a piece about a Florida library removing the book from its library shelves. Read it here.

And here’s a thoughtful rebuttal from the Annoyed Librarian. This question comes up in libraries over and over.

The question “Is it porn?” comes up over and over in libraries. Trust me. You haven’t lived until you’ve had to tell three guys in one week to put it away and head home with their arousal.



Things to do in Spokane?

I’m going up to the Spokane area to speak over the next couple of days. Dunce Two, I’m looking at you first, then everyone else:

What are some good/fun/scandalous things to do up in Spokane? When I lived there, all too briefly, I didn’t see much outside of a bizarre house in the woods. D2, do you remember?

That was where I first heard the term, “The horizontal hum-bum.”

How to Publish a Book or Short Story on Kindle

I’ve been yammering at Dunce Two to publish something for about ten years.Those of you who read the blog think he’s a good writer–and he’s much better than you know.

Which is why today I’m going to outline the steps to publish a book or short story on the Kindle: because I did it recently and I want him to do it as well.

I’ve been sitting on a few short stories for a couple of years and decided I wanted to put them in the marketplace and see what happened. Here’s how: Continue reading

Three Books of Essays Worth Reading/Trying

I’ve been on an essay kick. Joan Didion and some serious gloom finally kicked me out of it, but it was fun while it lasted.

In order of the average length of the essays, here are three books of essays I read I recently that I think will be worth trying.

Reality Hunger by David Shields

Chapter 4 should be required reading for anyone writing memoir. This is a book I know I’ll read again. I can’t say that very often. Continue reading

Mysterious Cicero Dialogue

(In looking through some boxes in my basement, I came across the following, written out in longhand.  While its origins are not clear,  it is abundantly clear that I was both having fun and taking myself very seriously when I wrote this.  Also, it’s pretty freaking awesome.  Enjoy!) Continue reading

Tearing a Deck of Cards (unless you’re Dunce Two)


To my profound delight, last weekend I got to see the quite-fit and -muscular Dunce Two struggle with all of his might, trembling and sweating and moaning, to tear a deck of playing cards in half.

Then he dropped down to half the deck.

Then to about 15 cards. That he was able to do, but unfortunately for him, so was his wife.

Still, he’s smart.

I, on the other hand, am merely a brute, but I dazzled on the card tearing front.

Here’s the latest experiment from today:

Human hole punch

I’m not graceful or elegant and I’ve pretty much gone bald and not very many people enjoy my company, but I can rip the middle out of a deck of cards. Nobody can say I can’t.

If you are interested in learning how to do this (dunce two, raise your hand), let me know and I’ll get a video tutorial shot.