What is nostalgia?

In a book I have been reading recently, White Noise by Don DeLillo, a character named Murray posits:

I don’t trust anybody’s nostalgia but my own. Nostalgia is a product of dissatisfaction and rage. It’s a settling of grievances between the present and the past. The more powerful the nostalgia, the closer you come to violence.

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About Time

AboutTime-Clip05There was a time in my life where I was very much about the music.  It seems there were frequent occasions to listen to it: in my room, driving about with friends, at dances, at clubs, working out, or on my Walkman just about anywhere.  Nowadays, I rarely listen to music ever.  And I miss it.  And whenever I do listen, it reminds me of these distant, younger, simpler times. Continue reading

Saturday book sale

I want them all.

Just got back from the semi-annual library sidewalk sale.  It wasn’t actually on the sidewalk, as rain clouds were threatening in the distance, but you get the idea.  Few things get me more excited than browsing through and looking for books.  I wasn’t disappointed. Continue reading


Where did they go?

Has anyone else noticed that you don’t have to type in “www” before entering a website address anymore?  You don’t have to type in “.com” either.  In fact, you don’t even have to type in the website’s name accurately.  I’m serious.  Check it out.  Go (preferably after having finished reading this post) up to the top of your screen in the web address window thingy (or whatever it’s called), type in the first couple letters approximately representing the site you want to go to, and BAM, there you are, your internet browser provides the rest.  Yeah, it’s kind of freaking me out. Continue reading


If you recall, I did an interview about a week ago with a promising new author named Abby Slovin.  Well, she had such a great time, and is so awesome and generous, that she has agreed to give away a copy of her excellent book Letters in Cardboard Boxes, right here, for FREE!!!!!!!!!!!  Isn’t she THE COOLEST?!?!?!?  And check out that awesome cover; you know you want it!  So here’s the deal: Continue reading

My First Pet- The Next Generation

kid looking at fish in bowlDoes everyone remember their first pet?  Mine was a bulging-eyed goldfish named “Popeye.”  I won him in a contest at school when I was 6, and my teacher dropped him off at my house in a Tupperware container.  Sure, he went the way of all goldfish (I am sorry to announce after only about a week; yes, I’m afraid Popeye was overindulged on my watch; but it was just so fun watching him eat.  And eat.  And EAT!). Continue reading

Cell Phone Time Warp

Lately, my cell phone has been acting kind of funny.  Every time I turn it off, and then turn it back on, it resets the time and date to January 1, 2005, at 12:00 midnight.  As a result, every time I get a text message or miss a phone call thereafter, it will say it was received at the according time, like “Text from Matt, Jan. 5, 2005, 3:45 a.m.”  It is really throwing me off.  We have become so dependent on technology that, for a split second, looking at that message will have me question my reality.  Was that message sent January 5, 2005?  Is it 2005?  Did I even know Matt in 2005?  And why was he writing me a text message at 3:45 a.m.? Continue reading