December 15th, 2008

Buzz vs. Hype

In Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King took a look at buzz vs. hype. “To start with: Buzz is not hype and hype is not buzz. Hype is paid for: full-page print ads, luxe websites, logos on the sides of buses, billboards on Sunset Boulevard, carpet-bomb TV campaigns. Buzz is free. Hype is often unreliable (Ang Lee's well-advertised but ultimately atrocious rendering of The Incredible Hulk, for instance). Buzz, on the other hand, is almost always reliable.”

He goes on to buzz The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III. [Full disclosure: I saw him in the green room at Wordstock! He wore black cowboy boots! I did not actually speak to him or even look at him directly!]

You can read more of King’s musings here .



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I'm not a winter person


I'm not a winter person, and man, have we got winter. Portland is the kind of place where temps much below 30 are rare, but we're going to have a week with lows around 15 and highs around 25. Yesterday I took a very slippery walk to the store to stock up on essentials: milk (my idea of an essential) and Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles (Teens' idea of an essential). The whole time I tried to convince myself that the blowing snow was simply really good computer animation.

I thought that once I quit my job time would slow down, but it hasn't. I still can't believe summer is over. How did that happen?

But one HUGE blessing is that I am no longer required to go to work no matter what the weather is. I remember many, many scary mornings of trying to get to work, slipping and sliding. Even with four wheel drive, you don't have four wheel stop.



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