Me: "Charlie, it's not the Gulag." Charlie: "No, but it's a prison of another type." Charlie’s Opinions is a column dictated by Charlie, who can be found singing alone on rooftops when he's not staggering under the weight of all his opinions.
Peeps, I am PSYCHED for 2014. I think it's going to be a fantastic year for all of us. Shout-out to my little sister who'll be graduating high school and starting college, everyone from IU who's going to be graduating with an MFA, and all others undergoing life changes big and small. Oh, and an… Continue reading 13 Things I Loved in 2013
I live in the Midwest but I'm not from here at all. I'm an East Coast baby, a move-around-a-lot baby. I lived abroad as a child, and before I was a teenager, the only place I really put feelers into the soil was the little town of Lenoir, North Carolina. And then once I was… Continue reading The Wilds of the Midwest
Oh, week three: meant to be a full-fledged orgy of inspiration. Epileptic fits of pastoral joy, "Look at that flame-edged leaf! I muse in agonized ecstasy on its transcendent contours...", weeping over a perfect shard of broken glass, and so on and so on--basically all the things that make the world hate writers. Sometimes that's the way… Continue reading The Work of Writing: Week Three Update
Week three continues. Tomorrow I'm going back to one of my many childhood homes to lurk around the neighborhood and wince at the family living there and drink up nostalgia.
I bought a Moleskine planner today. (It's a thing.) I cleaned out my camera. My new planner starts July 1st. While in limbo, I thought I'd look back on this first half of the year. This is a totally skewed portrait, since I never had my rather bulky DSLR at any of the many FABULOUS,… Continue reading Half a Year: Photos
I really wanted to call this "Fwiday Love List" but I was terrified at the massive repercussions this liberal use of the word "Friday" would have throughout the Internet. So I remained traditional. Because people are afraid of change. Terrified, I tell you. You may have elected Barack SADDAM HUSSEIN NIETZSCHE CHAIRMAN MAO Obama but… Continue reading Friday Love List
Me + Rose (+ champagne + ginger + sequins + hot rollers + about to take over a hipster dance bar in a serious way).
1. It is a direct reflection of Freud's "melancholia," from which I am currently suffering, and the grayness is actually emanating from me as I sit here, staring out the Megabus window, driving farther and farther away from a land where coffee is made with care and buses run down literally every street, although they… Continue reading Today the Sky is Gray: A Compendium of Scientific Theories
(Isn't it great that we can title things "A Few Thoughts On..." and it gives us the excuse to totally abandon all but the barest bones of form and cohesion? I'm just so glad I live in 2013, you know?) It's nearing midnight here in the magical city of Bloomington, IN, and I have created… Continue reading A Few Thoughts on Nostalgia