If late-night television is supposed to set the tone for our nation’s conversation, then all we’re getting right now is a lot of white noise.
Shelby is wise and eloquent.
Shane Nickerson turned 5 today!
I’m only 5 in Tumblr years.
Shane Nickerson is a father of three and a TV producer. He occasionally writes at Nickerblog.
At night, my dog slinks into the living room and jumps up on the couch with me. He’s a whippet mix that we adopted from a rescue fair in 2005. Max. He came with the name.
He’s a gentle dog, eternally happy that we saved him from a lonely life lived abandoned, sleeping underneath parked cars in South…
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What I’m into.
Here’s 10 of our fave #CheesyMovies tweets! Watch tonight to see which is Tweet of the Day!
It’s day three of 2014 and I’m not feeling any less guilty about not posting some thoughts I have, so I guess that’s good enough reason to write them down and send them to you.
I guess a part of me wants to lay out some predictions for the culture-at-large, and wouldn’t that feel great for a…
It’s somehow comforting to know that artists at every level struggle against the inherent tendency to preemptively modify their art to please their audience, rather than just create what feels right, audience be damned.
Okay, let’s do this. I’ve set up a group at Goodreads, which makes all of this much easier to manage. Some of you may already use Goodreads. As of now, I’ve created it as a secret group that will not appear in search results. That’s just to keep out the strays. Anyone is welcome, so please feel free to invite away…
I know some of you smart fancy people already read a lot of books. I’m trying to get there. 12 books in 12 months is so doable. Come on in.
Why are so many comedians aghast about Elan’s “Diane in 7A” story? Patton is crucifying this dude in a way we haven’t seen since he took down Prodigal Sam or Barbara Gray or Salon. Calling Elan’s extended live-tweet bit a fraudulent hoax is like me walking into a stand up show, hearing a piece of an act with an element of story telling, googling the facts on my phone to debunk the story, then telling people on the way out that the comic is full of shit and a terrible person. For many, including many of the people up in arms about this Diane piece, Twitter is an outlet for comedy. Did Elan cross a line because he tricked you? Are you mad because he produces the Bachelor? Why is his version of comedy unacceptable? Lots of us have tweeted fantasy responses to annoying people, or even people we love. I’ve tweeted imaginary ways to tell my kids to fuck off, but that doesn’t mean I’m some abusive monster who hates my kids. I’m usually trying to take a relatable situation, and add a comedic/shocking/dumb response to that situation. Is it always funny? Eh…hit and miss. Lots of miss, actually.
Another time, I “live-tweeted” that Vin Diesel showed up at my house, angry about my #vindieselsunday tweets. Then, as I continued narrating my imagined story, Pitbull showed up and they both did dounts on my lawn. Clearly not real, but a viable version of trying to make twitter funny, at least to myself.
Elan’s intended audience likely understood that this Diane bit was another one of his possibly embellished “live tweets.” I would even guess that half the fun for his audience is trying to determine if any of the exchanges he documents with photos could possibly be real. In this case, Internet bit on his story and ran hard with it. And then everyone got pissed for various reasons.
Not that anyone needs another asshole…sorry…opinion on this, but for a bunch of comics, a lot of you guys are pretty unforgiving about comedy you don’t happen to agree with.
Stop blaming other people. Secret to life.
This stack of toy cars you leave in my shoes; the furry plastic rabbits lined up in the cabinet, next to the cereal; the dolls sitting around a cardboard box in the living room, waiting for you to return to make them real again; these are the reminders I need: a message from the future reminding me to enjoy the past, especially now, while it’s still the present.