Daniel Adler Remembers the Past by Thinking About the Future

Taking a trip around the world is pretty easy. All you do is save up a few thousand dollars, which takes time, that’s the hard part, and then you buy a few plane tickets. Have an idea of where you want to go, be smart about your money, and don’t visit the most expensive places.… Continue reading Daniel Adler Remembers the Past by Thinking About the Future

“Endgame,” Electrify the Soul

Julie, Matthew and I sat in the kitchen and read “Endgame” by Samuel Beckett. He wrote classic literature all right. Words that come and seem the same but they cannot be removed, unless to change the meaning of the sentence. To have faith in humanity is important. The skeptic’s glasses show skeptical a world. It’s… Continue reading “Endgame,” Electrify the Soul

Daniel Adler’s Favorite Christmas Songs

I love my classic literature, but classic music gets me off too. Ring a ling a ling ding dong ding! The Ronettes “Sleigh Ride” is my new favorite Christmas song. “Carol of the Bells” used to be it, but the onomatopoetic  line that I started this post with is really so much fun to sing…While… Continue reading Daniel Adler’s Favorite Christmas Songs

How to Write With Voice(s)

Finding a voice is easy. But writing so that people want to listen to that voice, so that it doesn’t come off as skateboard-teenage slang or flowery Latinate bomast, is harder. Again with the extremes. I can do both, sure, so that eventually my natural voice will mediate between the two, into a colloquial prose… Continue reading How to Write With Voice(s)

Daniel Adler Reviews The Radisson Hotel

Now this hotel feeling imparts a brief spell of inconspicuousness I have long forgotten, a knowing sense of adventure, and though it’s based on the hope of a bottle of whiskey and a poolside blonde and its possibility open and unknown, there is something of adolescent expectancy about it that falls just short of a naive pleasure of… Continue reading Daniel Adler Reviews The Radisson Hotel

How the New Facebook Timeline Represents Post Postmodernism

Facebook’s new Timeline demonstrates what the internet is becoming: a constant flow of information. But instead of looking at the internet in a linearly chronological sense, let’s think about other ways to approach it. If you really wanted to Facebook stalk someone, you would spend the first few minutes on their page admiring their most… Continue reading How the New Facebook Timeline Represents Post Postmodernism

Three Bushwick Characters

Last night I learned a valuable lesson: you don’t talk about circumcision or herpes at parties. At the next party I went to, in Bushwick, I met a bunch of different characters. Chris, a handsome melancholy German stood outside on a stoop and lamented the divide between architecture’s aesthetics and context. He was the son… Continue reading Three Bushwick Characters

The Ideal American Setting For Classic Literature

This is never-ending. I mean, I have to re-write something a hundred times before it’s close to good. I wonder if it will get easier when I’m an old man, long used to writing. I doubt it. Then I’ll lament that I have nothing more to prove, none of youth’s vigor and exuberance. Grass is… Continue reading The Ideal American Setting For Classic Literature