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Ronnesha Render brings God into the conversation [Jun. 21st, 2018|09:23 pm]
Tim Lieder
Ronnesha Render
To:


Jun 21 at 9:15 PM

SMH YOU STILL ARE MISSING THE POINT MY COMPUTER AUTOMATICALLY PULLED IT UP WHEN I CLICKED ON YOUR EMAIL. AND THAT'S FINE DEAR YOUR BLOGS ARE YOUR BLOGS, I DONT CARE. SEE WHAT YOU FAIL TO REALIZE IS, ITS NOTHING THAT YOU CAN DO THAT CAN BLOCK GOD. I HAVE A CAREER AND IM HAPPY!! SO USE YOU JOB AS A WRITER CHARGING AN HR TO GET CLASSES ON BETTER CUSTOMER SERVICE. NO LAST WORDS JUST FACTS.
I'm sure that she can totally write her own term papers and hasn't been hiring guys like me for years.

Ok, that's unfair. It's obvious that she's typing on a phone - oh wait - no, it would tell me if she was. But yeah caps lock for when you really want to get your point across.

Actually I'm not exactly sure what she means by my side job. I write horror and I publish books of Bible themed horror stories. Is it the Bible themed horror stories? Or did she find that storify where Requires Hate posted all my nasty tweets from two in the morning (seriously just don't call people out on Twitter. I mean is Trump REALLY going to shoot himself in the head because you tell him to do it?)
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Ronnesha Render is trying to get the last word in. So I guess I get some amusement out of this crap. [Jun. 21st, 2018|09:10 pm]
Tim Lieder
Ronnesha Render
To:
omanlieder

Jun 21 at 9:06 PM

No i didnt pay FOR YOUR SERVICE AND I DIDNT USE YOU WORK EITHER AND FOR YOUR INFORMATION I ACTUALLY CAN WRITE, I ONLY REACHED OUT TO YOU TO DO IT BECAUSE I HAD OTHER ASSIGNMENTS THAT WERE DUE DEAR. AND JUST BECAUSE I HIRED YOU DOES NOT MEAN I HAVE DONE THIS BEFORE, IT SIMPLY MEANS I WANTED A SERVICE DONE. AND IF YOUR WORDS WERE BETTER I WOULD HAVE USED YOUR WORK BUT I DIDNT. ONE WAS PUSHY, JUST BECAUSE I ASKED AOUBT THE WORK DOES NOT MEAN I WAS PUSHY. IF ANYONE WAS PUSHY IT WAS YOU FOR SAY NO WHEN I TOLD YOU NO. YES, WE DONT NEED TO DISCUSS ANYTHING ELSE SO THERE IS NO REASON FOR YOU TO EMAIL ME BACK.
Really not sure why she feels the need to write back. And she just sent this one as well
AM I SUPPOSE TO BE AFRAID BECAUSE YOU POSTED THAT LOL, YEA SURE OK SMH I GUESS THAT'S WHY YOUR DO YOUR SIDE JOB LOL
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You know what - fuck it - if you are a freelance writer, AVOID this client [Jun. 21st, 2018|09:04 pm]
Tim Lieder
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Anyhow, the client is a demanding pushy jackass. And while I work with these people on a regular basis, I'm in a very shitty mood. So
Hello! I am emailing to ask if you would be willing to help me with a paper. It’s actually two letters that have to be written. If you would please email me back at your earliest convenience. Or if you could text me . Thank you

Tim Lieder
To:
Ronnesha Render

Jun 19 at 11:54 PM

Hi,


I charge $25/hour. I take Paypal and Venmo. Please email me with more details so I can give you a quote.

Thanks,

Tim


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Ronnesha Render
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Tim Lieder


Jun 20 at 12:27 AM



Attached is the format that my teacher requires and the instructions. It’s due Thursday by 11:59pm

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Ronnesha Render
To:
Tim Lieder


Jun 20 at 12:34 AM

Is it something you would be willing to do?

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Tim Lieder
Ok. I can do this. I am going to estimate 2 hours or $50 but if it takes less time, I will only charge you for how much time it takes. Truthfully, I doubt it will take more than an hour ($25) but please budget for $50. If that works for you, please confirm and also let me know the names of your senators and representative (just to make it more realistic - it would be suspicious if I wrote to my senators and representatives). Thanks, Tim

Jun 20 at 12:50 AM


Ronnesha Render
To:
Tim Lieder


Jun 20 at 1:06 AM

Yes, I can do that. The first paragraph I must include personal information. My answers would be based on the policies you choose.
Mississippi
US State
Representatives: Gregg Harper (R), Bennie Thompson (D), Steven Palazzo (R)
Senators: Roger Wicker (R), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R)


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Ronnesha Render
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Tim Lieder


Jun 20 at 1:08 AM

When are you able to start and do you want me to pick the policies to make it easier for you?
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Ronnesha Render
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Tim Lieder

Jun 21 at 8:49 PM

When you say you're going to do something then do it. And no I will not be using your services again because your customer service is terrible. I was paying for a service and you did not meet those times you said you were going to be done and you lie about it. Maybe this will make you think about how you should check yourself. GOOD BYE!!!
Anyhow, I don't entirely blame the client, but the paper wasn't due until midnight tonight and I only charged her for 1 hour. And you can see the back and forth as she is repeatedly demanding that I get the paper due that minute. It's not her problem that my depression hit me. But I did get it to her within the time allotted, just not on her ridiculous schedule.

I'm sure that if you are the professor, she is turning in original work. Or she hired someone better. I can't say. I am writing this for other freelancers.

I suspect that she would have made an excuse for not paying me regardless. That grammatical error email right before saying that she wrote her own paper - FUCK THAT. Like if she wrote her own letters, why was she giving me grief for imaginary grammatical errors?

Anyhow don't work for Ronnesha Render.
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I can't really blame the client - but flaky client nonetheless [Jun. 21st, 2018|08:38 pm]
Tim Lieder
Got a short job to write letters to Representatives and Senators. The client got impatient and my mom had panic attacks so I couldn't get her papers to her right away. They didn't take that long. The client let me knkow that there are grammar errors (according to a bullshit program) and five hours later she tells me that she is not using the papers and writing her own, which she could have done in the first place.

Anyhow, here are the letters that I wrote so that she cannot use them. Obviously, I'm not terribly happy with this situation but this was a new client and from her perspective, I was the one that flaked on the job. Won't be working with her again of course.
June 21, 2018

NAME REDACTED
Address
City, State Zip Code
EMAIL
Phone Number

The Honorable Cindy Hyde-Smith
United States Senate
113 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Hyde-Smith,
I am honored and happy to have had many family members live to their 70s and 80s. I love my grandparents and my great aunts and uncles and I know that Medicare has helped them to deal with the health issues that have arisen in their later years. I also understand that no one can avoid aging and I know that many of the health issues that have affected my relatives will also probably affect me – including diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
Medicare is a highly popular and well received bill. No matter what end of the political spectrum someone might fall, they are comforted by the fact that their elders will be taken care of. There are several ways that the health concerns of the elderly can drain the family savings and the economy overall. The proposed changes to Medicare eligibility that raise the age requirement are monstrous and evil. The fact that these changes are proposed in order to save money after Congress just passed a major tax bill that allows billionaires to keep more money while depriving the government of tax dollars is not an issue that can be avoided. You cannot tell the American people that you are out of money when you created the budget deficit that you are currently using as an excuse to deprive the elderly of a year of health care.
Please support S.2708 – the Choose Medicare Act. The Choose Medicare Act will not only make certain that more elderly people such as my grandparents and soon to be my parents will have the health care and insurance that they require but will also expand Medicare for a larger population. Currently there are several issues that are affecting the American people from fears over global nuclear wars to an economy that is going to be destroyed by losing our trade partners. Our ability to treat our parents and grandparents in their hours of need should not be among them.

Sincerely,
The main problem was finding specific bills to write about. Anyhow here's the other one to the representative. This is Mississippi so good luck getting any of these guys to actually care about human beings.

The Honorable Gregg Harper
House of Representatives
2227 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative Harper,
I am very worried about the ways that incarceration has a devastating effect on the at-risk youth that are institutionalized and put in the system often for minor offenses. One of the parts of youthful incarceration that feels grossly unfair to me is the standard where some poor youth become ineligible for Medicaid once they leave the incarceration centers. I come from a large family and while no one in my family has been arrested, friends of cousins were placed in the system for relatively minor offenses and they lost their health care. Some of these teenagers have serious mental problems that needed addressing, but they were unable to receive the help they needed due to their inability to get Medicaid.

At this point, Medicaid for children of poor families is limited to age 17. Medicaid expansion needs to be applied for when the teenagers become independent adults, but being kicked off of Medicaid has an adverse effect on these individuals. Studies show that health care saves a great deal of money for the state and generates income for many companies where the people who aren’t losing money on health care can spend their money on goods and services and therefore stimulate the economy. Furthermore, many at-risk youth need treatment for mental issues which lead them to commit certain crimes including narcotic use. Thus, Medicaid serves as a deterrent.

Please support H.R. 1925 which protects at-risk youth from losing their eligibility for Medicaid. Currently H.R. 1925 is in the House and receiving bipartisan support. I believe that this is the compassionate bill that will not only help at-risk youth but also society at large.

Sincerely yours,
As the client is not planning on paying for these letters, they will probably stay up indefinitely.

So hi.I write term papers for college students. I also edit theses and write short stories. Feel free to contact me at omanlieder-at-yahoo

Thanks.
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Drumming up business the Akiva Halpern way [Jun. 20th, 2018|01:18 am]
Tim Lieder
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Generally going into the Facebook Message Request pile is a losing proposition. Ilai Schechter, for example, is an apologist for the Trump administration who saw children in cages and went "LOL!" and something about how liberals weren't paying attention when Obama yada yada yada Trump Bullshit. So I spent a few exchanges calling him a Kapo and a Nazi and Fatty (sometimes I'm a mean girl) until I blocked him. He called me Stalin so I guess he sure showed me (this was after he threatened to not hold back if I made it personal. Note he was rationalizing child kidnapping by ICE).

I ignored his message request. Hell, I already blocked the motherfucker so why read it. But then I also got this odd one -
Akivahalpern


But he gave the number for Suicide Hotline

So yeah, I don't knkow if he's actually concerned or just being a prick at the top level, but holy hell, pay attention.
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David Wasserman - Get Refuser, Abusive Husband, Bad Father and All Around Shitbag [May. 30th, 2018|03:05 pm]
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I get a potential client. His name is David Wasserman. He's got a statement that he wants me to edit. I read through it and it's your standard Bad Romance Leads to Divorce statement. I was all set to take the job and then comes the part where he states that his wife is threatening to tell the entire neighborhood that he is refusing to give her a get. They had a civil divorce and he's contesting part of their custody agreement with a whole lot of accusations that mostly say what is terrible about him. He doesn't like that she won't let him teach the children. She is putting them in special ed. She left them with a babysitter that he doesn't approve of.

I'm not exactly swimming in money. He sounds like an asshole but so what? I write term papers for lazy college students. Most of my clients are assholes.

But the get refusal is a deal breaker

(for the goyim in the audience - Jewish law states that the marriage isn't over until the man gives his wife a bill of divorce called a get. Regardless of the civil divorce, the religion states that the marriage is not over until the husband does that. This is one of the shitty sexist conventions within Judaism that needs to be circumvented, but it probably worked in a time when Jews ran their own courts. Regardless, most divorces don't have a problem with this because most husbands aren't abusive fuckwads who hold their wives hostage).

So I told him that I could not in good conscience work for a man who refuses to give his wife a get.

His response
DaveWasserman1
So that was fun.

I am just going to cut and paste my responses since I'm not exactly hiding anything. His "LET ME TALK TO YOUR MANAGER" tactic annoyed me enough to respond. He didn't have to say a damn thing. But here is the entitled little shit telling me that he's going to REPORT me. I am a freelancer. Freelancing can suck in many ways. No money or no time and it's not like you can refuse many jobs. But as a freelance, I can tell DAVID WASSERMAN to shove David Wasserman's shit in David Wasserman's mouth because he's not doing himself any favors.
Gosh. I wonder why she left such a charmer like you.

You are not losing your children because you are Jewish. You are not losing your children because you are a man.

You are losing your children because you are an abusive asshole.

Give your ex-wife a get and maybe the courts won't keep ruling against you. And maybe you won't be such a raasha.

One doesn't have to be a rabbi to know that a man who refuses his wife a get does not and should not have any influence in how his children grow up.

And every rabbi I know will agree with me.

And who are you going to report me to? I work for myself. I am my own boss. And as my own boss I am taking your report under consideration and telling you to go fuck yourself.
So David Wasserman did not like this response. David Wasserman of Ocean Suppliers which is probably his business because only David Wasserman would be dumb enough to still use an aol account wrote back -
davidwasserman2

davidwasserman3

I should note that my response between the two last emails is my final "fuck you Dave or David Wasserman and your abusive bullshit" or as I copy and paste
Any lawyer you hire will be too busy trying to keep your dumb ass from going to jail for abusing your children.

And lawyers who agree to work for you will be publicly shamed for their endorsement of spousal abuse.

I am fluent in Jewish law. And as a religious Jew, I have only contempt for abusive assholes like you for using Jewish law to abuse your wives.

Again, I am going by your statements. YOU are the problem. It's not your wife. It's not society. It's not anti-Semitism or people not getting your concerns, it's YOU.

YOU are the abusive asshole. YOU are the gonif who tries to steal your wife's future and YOU are the reason why your children will probably go running off the derekh.

If we were in the camps, you would be the first volunteer to be a kapo.

With YOUR example of what Judaism entails, I cannot blame them for turning away from Judaism. One only hopes that they have enough counter-examples of Jews who DON'T abuse their wives and act like victims when called out on their shit.

Tim

P.S. One more response out of you and I'm posting this entire conversation on my blog. Just google Vince Crandon to see how well that turns out for people.
I warned him. Seriously, you cannot say that I didn't warn David Wasserman, get refuser and abusive prick, that he was going to be publicly discussed.

And now his ex-wife and his children and any lawyer dumb enough to take this guy's case (but he's trying to hire me to edit his legal writ so how much money does this dumb fuck David Wasserman have) can see it.

Good luck David Wasserman. You stupid prick.

And seriously, I hope David Wasserman's children never see David Wasserman's dumb face again. David Wasserman is a raasha and chilul hashem.
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Oh Shit. Now Mom is having hallucinations [May. 12th, 2018|10:03 pm]
Tim Lieder
After the mess of the moving mom around and getting a phone into her room, Cerenity really has been helping. She can call me from her room. She seems happy with her therapy. She's eager to go home but it's still probably going to be a couple weeks. They don't feel like she should get out of her bed on her own yet. Yesterday afternoon, she was in good spirits when I was talking to her before Shabbos.

She said that she's been having some crazy dreams like floating on the bed and such. I just kind of took that as an expected outcome of being in a strange place.

Then last night she called and said that a staff member told her that her cat was dead. As a joke. And then she said that she was being filmed. I called the front desk and they said that there was no one in there. I called her back and she said the woman was just behind a curtain and she could see her shoes and see her in the bathroom mirror and she was talking about her. I tried to ask her what she was saying and my mom just stopped talking because she was afraid that the woman in her room was going to use it against her. I called the front desk again and again they said that no one was in the room. They suggested that her roommate was talking and she got confused and I kind of took that.

This morning she called again, but now she was talking about cats getting caught underneath the bed and at a certain point she just started talking to the cats and trying to get them to come to her. I called back and she hung up on me. And then I called back and she started talking about the cats again and then just trailed off just talking to the cats. She also said that they made her sit on a chair for 8 hours but since it was 10 in the morning that didn't seem right. She also said that they woke her up at one in the morning to make her sit in that chair.

I went to shul and I came back to 6 voicemails that are getting more frantic. I called her back and getting a busy signal. She called me and she was making even less sense. I tried to make sense but it got even more confusing because I didn't know whether I was playing into her hallucinations or upsetting her. She even said that they were trying to move her again and asked if she was going back to Dellwood. She also said that her phone was blocked.

I called her again at 6pm and she was asleep. I just called her now and she was still asleep. I got ahold of her nurse and she has been hallucinating all night and she basically just crashed after at least 36 hours without sleep. Also her vitals are fine so that's good.

It's probably the painkiller. She's a Tramadol and I think that was something that she has been on before but probably not to this degree. I think this was the pill that she could get if she asked for but not on a regular basis. I am slightly worried because her father (my grandfather but he died long before I was born) was schizophrenic, but I expect that if that was going to be an issue it would have come out long before now. The bipolar diagnosis might be a contributing factor but it seems like it's Tramadol.

Regardless I'm really worried. She's got a friend who started out as her volunteer whom I asked to go see her tomorrow.

I hope that it was just that and that it will work itself out of her system by tomorrow.
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(no subject) [Apr. 20th, 2018|04:35 pm]
Tim Lieder
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I had two "joke" campaigns that happily didn't get any contributors. In the Roy Moore campaign that I started after I found out that Roy Moore was soliciting donations to pay for being the one Republican who couldn't win a Senate race in Alabama, I purposefully made it ridiculous so no one who seriously cared about Roy Moore would donate.

But when I promoted it, I found out that a lot of people took it seriously and even commented with really mean things directed at Roy Moore. They do not like that guy.

The second joke campaign was no-eruv which mocked Vince Crandon's attempt to keep Jews out of Mahwah, New Jersey.

Background -
Jews are moving into New Jersey and some of them are Orthodox. They put up an "eruv" which is a legal fiction for Shabbos observance that involves strings over certain places so that an area is a "private domain" and then Jews can get around the "no carrying" rule on Sabbath.

You can look up the complicated halachic discussions yourself. There are plenty of Jewish communities without eruvim that are thriving. Practically it means that if you are invited to a friend's house for Shabbos, you can bring food or wine on that day instead of rushing home on Friday night.

The Eruv is built to be as innocuous as possible. Most of the eruv is usually pre-existing things like telephone wires.

The Jewish group of Mahwah put it up with permits and everything. Then another group (which included Vince Crandon) got wind of it and started complaining to Rob Hermensen (their pet antisemite on the board) and then Mahwah tried to block the eruv.

These people claimed to care about non-state residents in their parks and problems with the trees. This is the latest in that news - https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/mahwah/2018/03/30/mahwah-tells-state-you-cannot-defend-non-new-jersey-residents-eruv-suit/467880002/

- I'm not saying that the people in Mahwah, New Jersey who fought against an Eruv are Nazis, but they are the kind of people who were living in Poland in 1940 and were pleased to discover all this cheap real estate for the taking.

As it has gone back and forth, most of the Eruv opponents have backed off. They decided that they liked the Jews moving in (they weren't that kind of Jew) or they didn't like being called Nazis.

Vince Crandon is still fighting against an Eruv and still trying to bilk money from gullible people who also think that Jews are cancer and should be kept out of Mahwah.

I started the gofundme no-eruv to mock him.

He got it shut down by whining which is all he knows how to do. He inherited money from his horrible father and he has been a failure at everything he's tried (beyond stealing money from a friend like in https://www.pacermonitor.com/public/case/20881170/Roemmele_v_Crandon_et_al )

I got no donations off of no-eruv or roy-moore but I did get some amusement out of them. Poor Vince Crandon really thought that his fans were stupid enough to give me money even though everything I wrote was dipped in irony and spite for his terrible program.

The eruv will stay up. The Jews will continue to move into Mahwah. The "neighborhood watch" that Vince Crandon organized to harass Jews has disbanded. Vince Crandon will probably go to jail.

I take comfort in these facts.
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I guess I'm back on Tumblr [Apr. 19th, 2018|03:51 pm]
Tim Lieder
I had a Tumblr account but I ignored it. I found it unwieldy and I didn't like the way that you end up having to repost an entire thread in order to comment. Even the name was dumb (http://marlowe1-blog.tumblr.com) since it is hard to find. But maybe I could have changed that. Also I went on Tumblr, stated that I thought that gypsy was like Indian or Sioux in that there are many different types of Romany and they aren't all Romany so even if it's a slur it can be neutral. I got yelled at and the only person I wanted to follow didn't like me (we are friends now but I also think that she doesn't like me). I mocked her tumblr because it did have that Whole Foods shopper looking to be pissed off tone (but over here where I didn't think she saw it) and maybe I was wrong about that. Probably was. But there's something about someone getting really angry about a fashion designer wearing peyos and a black hat as cultural appropriation that annoyed me.

So yeah, that was my view of Tumblr. Leftwing and privileged. Full of college students that think they are edgy. How right I was in that assessment I don't know. In fact, I'm quite sure that I was at least 40% full of shit. But I lost interest in Tumblr mostly. I have seen some lovely Tumblrs like the Last Note where people post the last thing they heard from dead parents, lost loves and crazy bastards that don't quite know when to quit.

But recently Tumblr has been asking me to deal with my password. Only they've been doing it repeatedly. THey even threatened to take it away from me. About the seventh or eighth email, I wanted to tell them to just take it away already.

But then Vince Crandon started a gofundme for his NO Eruv group after writing shitty things on my gofundme campaigns. So I mocked him. He got it taken down. I opened up a new one and he managed to get that one taken down as well.

And since I was doing it only to piss him off by posting proof of his crimes https://www.mylife.com/vincent-ceccola/e108489193422, i figured that there's no way I should stop.

But since there are so many shitty small towns in New Jersey that want to rally around to keep the Jews out, might as well just post screenshots of them all. If Facebook doesn't take down the groups or even the comments where they compare Jews to roaches and cancer, then screenshots for Tumblr is the way to go.
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So what did I do today [Apr. 17th, 2018|09:12 pm]
Tim Lieder
I seem to be blogging again. Mostly on http://patreon.com/timlieder but I also have a gofundme where I am writing about my day. I wonder if I should figure out what I want to do with these blogs. I'm starting to like the long form again. It's not as immediate as the facebook posts, but it's there and working.

Anyhow I went to put my paperwork in at the SNAP center - after using the phone to photograph them and mailing them to the center in Brooklyn. I ended up walking to a park that had bike trails and went down a particularly steep path where I got mud on my clothing. Then I ended up at Starbucks, but before I went to Starbucks I found out that one of my FB friends was talking about Starbucks closing for one day to train everyone on racist bias. She thought it was ridiculous. I hoped that she didn't mean that it was ridiculous because addressing racism is ridiculous. But then she posted a story about a black manager calling the cops on a homeless white guy in McDonald's who was actually a customer because someone bought his stinky ass food. I posted a gif of a raised eyebrow, because even though I knew that she was trying to go "SEE! Black people call the cops on white people too!!!" as if that made systemic racism ok, I wanted to think that no.

Then she said something about "if we only expect special privileges we will never get anywhere" or something like that. Apparently the ability of black men to sit at a Starbucks without getting arrested is entitlement.

This was a white woman. I pointed that out. Then I unfriended her and thankfully I couldn't comment further because I was willing to say much more about her racist entitled bullshit.

Also found that someone that I remember from livejournal as a writer posting a long rant about Hillary's emails. Today. April 17, 2018 and this crazy bitch is still going on about those fucking emails.

So that's why I don't take all of FB suggestions for friends. I figured that since I am again in Facebook jail (this time for "Gary Pickholz, you're a terrible person. I hope you die soon" - after he went on and on about how Organization for Resolution of Agunot is really just evil and no one cares about abused wives than he does. Bullshit) that I would friend as many people under my alternate account as possible. Bad mistake.

Got home to Vince Crandon trolling my gofundme - not http://gofundme.com/noeruvz where I outright speak out against him and his allies who want to keep Jews out of Mahwah, but the one where I am just asking for money to support myself. I made a fake gofundme to troll his No Eruv one and he honestly thought that I had any purpose beyond pissing him off.

Anyhow those details are on my Livejournal. I posted a few things. NOted that he was being homophobic (why is this guy obsessed with the notion of me fucking dudes?) and then moved on.

My mom seems to be doing well. She's in physical therapy at Cerenity but she's worried about her cat. I tell her that she should call Dellwood and check up on him. I hope they know where she is so they don't start looking for new residents. They sent her to the hospital with that UTI but her limited mobility is a concern.

I also edited a short story based on Gilgamesh. I didn't even make it modern or fancy. Just about Enkidu dying.

So that was fun.
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Stupid Vince Crandon [Apr. 17th, 2018|08:05 pm]
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He responded to a post on a gofundme talking about his comment with
This is fun Tim, let’s keep going because I’m certain it’s going to help your fund raising efforts. First off, you have openly declared that you are a homosexual. So, don’t go saying I am homophonic. You love to put labels on those with whom you have issues as a simple Google search will plainly reveal. Finally, I never “attacked” you for your sexual preference as that is your business. I did attack you for being a thief and a con-artist who just today had a bogus GoFundMe page taken down by GoFundMe because of your attempted grand larceny. So, if you care to continue, I’ll continue as well. Maybe this GoFundMe page will be the next one taken down.
Homophonic?

I'm a monastic musical tone.

Anyhow, got to take that down.

Also https://www.mylife.com/vincent-ceccola/e108489193422 - this says that he might actually be a sexual predator. So wow. I might have been right.

Of course, I have to wonder why Vincent Ceccola keeps trying to troll me. Ok, he got his stupid way when it came to a gofundme that was set up solely to mock him and irritate him, but if he let it go, I would have been content to mock him with http://gofundme.com/noeruvz which is honestly set up to fight his crap. But now he has to crow and act like he's won while talking about his proud fatherhood (at least to the kids where he's not behind on child support) when all he's doing is putting himself out there in the world to get further knocked down.

When you get your ass beat, lay the fuck down and move on with your life. If you keep trying to get up with that rhetoric learned at the University of Phoenix, you are just going to end up eating shit.

If Vince Crandon wasn't such a nasty piece of shit, I might feel sorry for his dumb con man ass.

But he's definitely a con man. https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/6141359/christine-crandon-and-vincent-j-crandon-adversary-proceeding/
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Vincent Crandon wants the world to know that he's 100% NOT A HOMOSEXUAL!!! He even uses gay slurs. [Apr. 17th, 2018|08:02 pm]
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So Vinnie Cramdon, or Vincent Crandon, has decided that because I was posting a gofundme campaign to deal with the expenses of being broke in December (always a slow time for a freelancer who writes term papers - at least the last 2 weeks), that he was going to troll me. He posted his shitty little comments on my gofundme campaign. Then he got one of his dopy friends to post her shitty comments on my gofundme mostly along the lines that I was a horrible person and asking for money. Or something. She belongs to his antisemitic NO Eruv group on Facebook (the one that compares Jews to Cancer - go ahead and find it on Facebook and feel free to report every last one of those Nazi motherfuckers).

So lo and behold, Vincent Crandon decided that he wasn't getting any money for his bogus NO Eruv group (he wants to sue the Eruv or something like that. The Mahwah Town Council was sued by the New Jersey Attorney General for violating civil rights in regards to their anti-Jew measures like not allowing Jews into the park) so he STARTED A GOFUNDME. He got that idea from me, but did he cite me? No. He's not even grateful.

Of course, he's not going to use the gofundme to do anything but line his own pockets. He's a fucking con who was raised by a con man daddy who made more money than him. He declared bankruptcy to get out of paying a friend $21,000 back after he convinced that friend to "invest" in his new company.

Let's put that link up again - https://www.pacermonitor.com/public/case/20881170/Roemmele_v_Crandon_et_al - just so you know that anti-Semitism is not his only crime. The tree rots from the roots.

Obviously, I shouldn't care that Vince Crandon is stealing money from his fellow anti-Semites, but I decided to mirror his gofundme and mock him just because I could. His gofundme is noeruv and mine was no-eruv
tinfoil Vincent
He LOVES this picture.

He had that taken down. Gofundme contacted me and asked me if I was associated with that group and since I was pretending to be associated, I had to go "no, not really because I'm not a fucking Nazi" I even changed the story to reflect that I am not a Nazi from Mahwah, New Jersey.

Anyhow I started http://gofundme.com/noeruvz with the same z that the FB anti-Nazi group is using. This time I was honest about Vincent being a Nazi that needs to be fought and conquered.

Apparently, Vincent Crandon didn't know about it because he want to the gofundme and crowed about shutting down the one that was mocking him.
Sorry to see your fake GoFundMe page taken down today Tim. Soon, they will be taking you down as well. You don't know me nor have you ever met me, so I don't know how you can claim to know what I stand for. And as far as the fact that my YouTube and Facebook page are full of children, that's usually what happens when you are a married father with many kids. I know that subject is foreign to you because of your sexual orientation and the fact that you do not have any children, but trust me, I am a proud father and my kids are--and will continue to be--proudly displayed on my social media pages (not that it is any of your concern).

Let's unpack that.
1. Crowing about my gofundme getting taken down.
2. Claiming that he is going to take me down, or all gofundmes are going to be taken down.
3. YOU DON'T KNOW ME!!!!!! (bullshit Vince. You are fucking obvious in your anti-Semitism).
4. All those videos of little kids are PERFECTLY INNOCENT (as in stop suggesting that Vince is masturbating to all those videos of little kids that he keeps taking. He's NOT a pedophile. He's not. Stop it. Stop it.)
5. YOU GAY!
6. Call me Daddy.

Vincent Crandon is really not a proud father. I mean he uses his kids to make excuses to take videos and once his wife leaves him, he's not going to fight her for custody (you know it's going to happen).

But that gay part. That's just weird. Poor Vinnie is really obsessed with gay people. Back in December when he was trying to doxx me, he was claiming that I was a gay dude living in the Bronx with my mom which must have been a cute fantasy in his mind. Since I am not gay, living in the Bronx or living with Mom (she lives in Minnesota) I really don't know where I got that from. Unless Vincent wishes that he could be living in the city instead of the sterile sad world that he's built up from stealing people's mother or wishes that he could be out and proud instead of a poor closet case who has to take out his aggression on Jews in a misplaced attempt at power.

Poor Vincent Crandon.

If only he was able to openly give blow jobs without shame, he might be happy.

But instead Vince Crandon has to hate on gay people with the same energy that he hates on Jews.
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Vince Crandon and the Stupid Internet - Also Syria [Apr. 15th, 2018|08:53 pm]
Tim Lieder
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So I feel bad. Not about Vince Crandon. Vince is a Nazi. I feel bad because I get too emotional about stuff like Syria and I unfriend people and they go an apologize for upsetting me and I was upset. But it wasn't their fault that I was upset. I can't hold it against people if they have not been paying attention to Syria in the past seven years. And I get angry and hostile. I've been angry and hostile a lot these past few weeks. I guess part of it is worries about Mom who had to go to the hospital and now is in PT trying to get her strength back to walk around, but a lot of it is also my ego, my fragile sense of self, that part of me that would rather fight than compromise or even pretend that I know where another person is coming from.

I know where they people who don't want to intervene in Syria are coming from. They haven't been watching the news and hoping against hope that there could be a resolution that wasn't more murder and more refugees caught in the middle. They don't impulsively google Syria or Baghdad or Kurds or Rojava. But I rope them too easily in with the Alex Jones people, the conspiracy theorists, the ones who don't care about Syrians and think that millions of murdered Syrians are just terrorists.

I'm a little ashamed of myself.

I guess I shouldn't troll people because it just increases my crankiness. There's no real "getting out your aggression" because if you if act from aggression, you only increase your aggression. You got to let it go.

Now granted, I'm still going to run gofundme.com/no-eruv because Vincent Crandon is an outright Nazi who makes up any excuse he can to try to drive Jews out of Mahwah, New Jersey. He's also a con man and if people are going to throw away their money on his bogus drive to pay a lawyer to find a way to take down the Eruv (the Mahwah city council tried to take it down after it had been approved. The NJ DA sued them and they are bankrupting the city trying to fight that instead of settling) then they might as well give their money to me.

And it's funny to see him posting variations on "THIS IS FAKE" in the comments section. I take them down right away. The only ones I haven't taken down were the ones where he gave the links to the previous livejournal entries where I called him a con man and a Nazi, links that he thought I had agreed to take down because he couldn't understand that I wasn't the only person who was not entirely happy with a man who was devoted so much time and effort to keep Jews out of Mahwah.

He kept calling someone else Tim and when that person said he would take everything down, he thought he was talking to me.

So I don't know. Vincent Crandon is like Nickolaus - an easy target. Someone that I could talk shit about without guilt. Usually I feel guilty, like I know that I'm talking to another human being with feelings but in certain cases, those people are just awful.

De-humanization. I guess I'm not immune.

I did benefit from therapy so I know how these things work, but it's kind of sad that I keep falling into these hostility traps.

I try. That's all I can do.

Also Vincent Crandon is a Nazi who is trying to rip people off in a bogus scheme to make Mahwah unfriendly to Orthodox Jews who would use an Eruv (with an Eruv Jews carry on Shabbos from the inside to the outside because technically it's all inside a place - practically speaking, if you are invited to someone's house for Shabbos, you can bring wine that day instead of rushing home to drop it off before sundown). He is coming up with asinine arguments against an Eruv like it's the Jewish equivalent of Sharia Law and everyone living in Mahwah would be under SHARIA LAW (ok, actually HALACHA) and that it's going against the trees. Like maybe a tree might get cut down. I've never seen a tree cut down because of Eruvim, but that's stupid Vince. And his main goal is to keep the Jews out of Mahwah.

Now the thing about this campaign to sue an Eruv, I really don't know where to stand. Vincent Crandon is a toxic antisemite and I really don't like him profiting off of antisemitism, but he is ripping off antisemites so that's kind of funny. But it would be funnier if they donated to me at gofundme.com/no-eruv instead of his version which is noeruv - both will have the exact same result where it comes to the eruv (the issue is being settled and there's nothing Nazi Boy Crandon can do about it) but if you donate to me, he will be angry and bitter.

But I don't want to be angry and bitter like that creep. At least not to people who don't deserve it.

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Memory of an ex-friend [Apr. 2nd, 2018|11:04 pm]
Tim Lieder
I just remembered that Robert N. Lee once got really angry over circumcision. Like he felt that he had been mutilated and that everyone who didn't mind the reduced risk for penile cancer was just deluded and brain washed. And the thing is that he wouldn't stop ranting about it. I even stopped arguing with him but he would push past all arguments to insult and act like a spoiled child.

I say this because I lost contact with him for a long time but I had remembered him fondly. He seemed like someone who was open about his issues and even told an interesting story about how he stopped being a pro-life zealot. He was a connection to other writers at the time. He had an emotionally abusive girlfriend that he was always leaving and always getting back with.

Apparently he got mad at me for being Zionist. Maybe I was being douchey about it. There are periods when my sense of human decency gets short circuited and I engage in that same Them vs. Us bullshit that does no one any good (except for the plutocrats who have enough power to profit from war). Or maybe I was just defending an attack on Hamas after they actually did something. I don't know. He mentioned it because the last time I encountered him he was very much eager to hate on SJWs. Even as he stated that he was leftwing and just got out of that abusive relationship, he was eager to abuse everyone else on the thread.

I blocked him. I made friends with the other person that blocked him. I found his twitter account and it was the same hostile shit. He even got self-righteous about people being happy over Tomi Lahren getting fired from Glenn Beck's network ("today I saw liberals crowing over the firing of a woman" - as if no one knew the context).

I wonder if I put up with his hostility ten years ago because I was the same kind of hostile asshole and I needed to give other hostile assholes the benefit of the doubt. Or maybe I didn't have the sense of security required to go "Ok, this is being shut down now. You are not going to talk to me like that." I suppose it could be both.
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(no subject) [Apr. 2nd, 2018|12:03 am]
Tim Lieder
I think I used my phone to write this update on my gofundme -
Apparently the Mahwah Nazis are out in force trying to hurt my feelings for calling them out as antisemitic jackets. The latest in the vinnie Camden fangirls is on cheryl sorochynskyj who was originally McDowell but if you belong to a group that compares Jews moving in next door to cancer spreading, you might as well just go full cossack with your name. She babbled some crap which I erased but then found her on fb and among the baby pictures was a drive to stick the twin towers on new York license plates (apparently so new jersey residents can gloat at the idea of dead new Yorkers, many of whom were Jewish) and membership to a group called no Eric which has members who compare Jews to cancer. And their pet council guy rob hermanson gets so upset when you call him out for being a hypocrite. He even whines about those Jewish friends that he claims to have. But yeah, poor Bonnie cranden. He can't rip people off as much now that he's gone full antisemite.
So I should try not to do that too often. The group No Eruv was definitely screwed up.
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I'm worried about my mom [Mar. 26th, 2018|11:11 pm]
Tim Lieder
My mom is 81 years old. She just turned 81 in February. She's not going to last forever and I know that. I would say that I'm lucky to have parents at my age, but my dad is a sonofabitch. And I love my mom but it's not a relationship that is exactly easy. Had Mom taken antidepressants when she was diagnosed with bipolar I might have had a much easier childhood and consequently a better adult life. Not that I can really blame her for my emotional highs and lows, my habit of fighting with strangers online and the way I approach love where I don't really know how to be in love without being obsessed (I had one serious girlfriend that lasted and I didn't even appreciate her until she was halfway out the door). These are things that I've been doing and the fact that I didn't go to therapy at an earlier age is on me. But I also have my impatience for bullshit from my mom.

The thing is that I don't get much out of the relationship. I call her once a day and she talks about her complaints. I got Netflix so she would have something else to talk about but there are weeks and even months when she doesn't leave her room. At least she's in Assisted Living so if (when) anything goes wrong she will be taken care of. But these daily phone calls being the relationship, they are a little like the Stan Lee cameos in Marvel movies. I find them annoying but one day they will be gone and I will miss them. And then who will I talk to every day? I am an introvert. I have an introvert's job. I have a roommate who never talks to me. I don't mind it most of the time.

Anyhow, for the last three days my mom has not been able to talk on the phone. She's been getting weaker. She even fell again. I see her once a year and every time I see that she has gotten weaker. A few years ago a nurse at her doctor's office said that she had vascular dementia which was later contradicted but is characterized by a reduction of movement (I look it up and that doesn't look like her symptoms). She definitely has arthritis which makes her unable to move and she has low blood pressure which I would be less worried about if she put on enough weight, but she gets insecure if she puts on too much weight. All of my life she was fat and now that she needs to gain weight, she doesn't do it.

I guess this has been a rough 2-3 weeks. She hasn't left the room. She is not moving as well as she should an I'm worried that she has hit a new low in mobility. And on Saturday night she needed to put me on speaker phone. That led to an argument because her television is really loud when she does it. And then last night I called and she said that she was tired and hung up. Tonight I called a few times and she finally called back to tell me that she was all right but she had to be helped into the bed and that I shouldn't call back.

Before now, this would be a relief. I don't exactly relish the experience of spending an hour talking to my mom as my mom has never quite grasped the particulars of having a conversation at least not with me. It's like I spend at least half the conversation where my only input is "uhuh" and she talks about diarrhea.

Still, I'm going to miss those conversations and I guess that's going to happen.

It would have probably been better if I hadn't compared Wilhelmina to Mom all the time. Wilhemina was also too young to be that crippled by the time she died. But she did walk around like Mom. Only now the cat that reminds me of Mom is now dead. I can be superstitious for all my attempts at rationality, especially when it comes to the inevitable death of a parent that I still hope won't happen for a long time.

And this also makes me feel lonely. All of my friends are online. And how many of them are that close.
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Picking the Perfect Title - Writing Stuff [Feb. 18th, 2018|03:59 pm]
Tim Lieder
Two thoughts went into writing a story entitled "Let's Kill the Pizza Guy." First, there's a pizza related horror anthology that I might ultimately submit this story to (there's another anthology that seems more promising so that one gets it first if I can finish it in time) and second, I have decided to tie in every short story with a family that is based on Joseph and his brothers - but based on the fringes of the story - from the perspective of people who knew about these guys. I wrote a story that possibly name checked too many of the aspects of the Joseph story up to the kidnapping including the psychotic midrashim about Esav, the massacre of Shechem and the story of Tamar & Judith all the while presenting the disappearance of Joseph as a mystery that the main characters don't understand but use for their purposes.

Only in writing Let's Kill the Pizza Guy, I did what I'm doing now which is to take a text and reference it, cut and paste it and change it and the text I'm using is a collection of academic criticism and I'm on the introduction, so I decided to make it one of the academic memorial parody stories that I used to write (kind of leaned into the days when I was fantasizing about being famous and seeing other people writing about my work in academic journals). So the story itself is now about a woman who wrote poetry about her ex-girlfriend and became famous for it.

This is a well that I've gone to many times. Hell, I got a story called "The Perfect Love Letter" that I'm trying to sell to markets.

So anyhow, I changed the story to a love story between two women but from the perspective of an editor discussing the poetry and blog writing that came out of that relationship, complete with material about professors killing each other in order to get the papers.

To make things worse, "Let's Kill the Pizza Guy" is an imaginary sonnet written by the one woman that is important to the plot. It led to her literary reputation and the conviction of her girlfriend.

So I can't really use that title in another story.

Anyhow titles.

"Let's Kill the Pizza Guy" is kind of out because it's not really about killing pizza guys except in the context of a failed love affair.

"Hadassah Herz: An Introduction" - is a blatant ripoff of the title of the worst J.D. Salinger story ever written.

"The Terrible Life of Hadassah Herz: An Introduction" - accurate but boring (after all this story is now an introduction to a collection of an imaginary book).

"Yael and Hadassah: A Love Story" - Feh.

"An Introduction to Let's Kill the Pizza Guy: The Love Story of Yael and Hadassah" - Better.

"Let's Kill the Pizza Guy: the Yael and Hadassah Texts" - Eh.

It's still kind of up in the air. And now back to the day job.
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Tim Lieder
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White Privileged Dude Writing - the Tale of Cracked.com [Jan. 9th, 2018|10:19 pm]
Tim Lieder
Preface One - I like Cracked. I subscribed to their videos until they fired all the regulars. I am proud that I managed to write two articles for Cracked. I get that the forums are in place in order to make for the best articles possible and the fact that editors kill many items on the list means that Cracked is still better than the Buzzfeed List that imitated it. The process of getting from pitching to writing an article is difficult by design. You think that you have enough entries to make an article and then they kill three entries that they loved until then. There are probably dozens if not hundreds of aspiring Cracked writers who tried to pitch articles like "X Ways that SJWs are Evil" who hate the site for their failure to sell their writing. That's not what this is about. I like Cracked because they pay fast and they can still make good articles. I wouldn't be this critical if I didn't expect better.

Preface Two - I get that Cracked is in trouble and that the fact that it fired most of its regular writers. I also eluded to the fact that there's a huge Nazi Cunt contingent crowing about the end of Cracked because they think that Cracked is full of cucks, SJWs, etc, etc because the Cracked writers took a definite side on Gamergate (they were against it). I really don't care about those people and Cracked having some liberal bonafide because it pisses off a bunch of rightwing dickwads does not mitigate the fact that Cracked is drowning in White Privilege.

Anyhow today I was in the Cracked Forums trying to add to article pitches because my work is slow (almost non-existent) and I was seeing if I could get an article going. One of the article pitches is "people screwed over by Propaganda" and I put in the Empress Dowager from 19th century China who basically ran China almost single-handedly until her death and then was hated by both Imperialists and Reformers. The response was for a few entries and the editor went "I think that Mata Hari might be obscure and in that context the Empress Dowager is WAY TOO Obscure for this."

One of the cardinal rules of writing is don't argue with the editor - especially when it comes to rejection. Editors will remember you. Editors will talk to each other. And in the Cracked Forum where everyone has accepted this dynamic of "put 5 entries forward, get 3 rejected if you are lucky" there is really no reason to fight about any one entry.

Except in this case. In this case, the accepted entries are MacBeth, Richard III, Fatty Arbuckle (fucking hell, I am so fucking sick of hearing about Fatty Arbuckle) and maybe Rasputin. Also a guy was really trying hard to defend Neville Chamberlain. So great, everyone went to high school.

So my response
I got to disagree on Dowager Empress. At very least, she is the basis of a century of anti-Chinese racism, with those fingernails worn by every Fu Manchu villain (including Fu Manchu). She ran China throughout the 19th century and was so powerful that almost every history casts her as the villain - with self-described reformers and Imperialists only agreeing on how awful she was (for vastly different reasons of course).

She also probably killed her adopted son, which gets played up a lot, but if she had been in charge of China instead of that guy (he forced her into retirement), Japan would have been less likely to have gotten a foothold in China which would have vastly changed the fortunes of both Japan and China. Which means that she could have prevented the war between China and Japan in 1937 which led to Japan being an ally to the Nazis in WWII.

I also heard of Mata Hari. Don't know much about her, but I know enough about her to know that she has a reputation as a slutty spy, the platonic ideal of the slutty spy. I would rather read about her than a nth article about how Macbeth or Fatty Arbuckle or Richard III were framed.

I know that I'm just a writer who only gets a rare article published but I've seen this dynamic before where historical figures who are not white dudes are automatically dismissed as Too Obscure. In another forum even Margaret Sanger was dismissed as too obscure even though she's at the center of the abortion debate with pro-life groups trying to say that she was a white supremacist (I know I should have just suggested Margaret Sanger for this article, but I've seen her shot down as "too obscure" too many times).

Sure, they might be too obscure to white guys, but they are important historical figures and it looks like they are just being automatically dismissed as untenable because they are women and/or minorities.

Or very least the gatekeepers are letting their biases about what they think is common knowledge and obscure guiding their decisions, assuming that their limited perspectives are universal.
This is me trying to be diplomatic, but holy fuck, I've seen this happen way too many times.

Margaret Sanger gets called too obscure. The Dowager Empress is too obscure. The WHITE editorial staff keeps calling anyone who has any minority status too obscure in favor of these boring white dudes. And yes, I get that a lot of them are fired, but the ones that remain are the same lame white people. Cracked pats itself on the back for being progressive, or progressive enough but then David Wong (who is a white dude with an Asian pen name who keeps it because WTF I don't know) will write articles explaining why Trump voters are really just disenfranchised white guys who are scared of being called out for their white privilege (he was one of many) or articles about how Alec Baldwin was the HERO of Glengary Glenn Ross. No seriously.

Many years ago when I was pitching an article about converting to Judaism that went back and forth, I was hopeful that it would work out until at least three editors went "I know lots of Jews who don't like Israel" - that wasn't the fucking point either. The list entry was that one aspect of converting to Judaism is that you start paying a lot more attention to Israel whether you like it or hate it because you can't get away from the issue of Israel.

I wasn't bothered by the rejection so much as the REASON for the rejection which was basically "I don't know much about Jews, but I have that one Jewish friend and yada yada." So it's all from the white privilege (or Aryan privilege) perspective where personal bias is confused with editorial standards. Now if the reason was, I don't know if that will be funny or that it's a little too live hand grenade, I would be fine with it. But the fact of the matter is that they didn't even bother to consider the issue beyond their token Jewish friend.

So giving the note that the Empress Dowager (the most important woman in China in the entire 19th century) is TOO OBSCURE is just more of the same bullshit. The gatekeepers are drowning in white privilege and they can only judge obscure vs. common knowledge based on their VERY limited perspective.

Granted, Cracked is dying off anyhow but if Cracked would EVER be less boring (and seriously, the site has seen much better days), it NEEDS diversity in its gatekeepers. I'm not talking about myself (I am a white dude who reads a lot and sure, I know who the fucking Empress Dowager is) but anyone who isn't in that same boring dudebro fraternity that lets mediocre white guys think that calling themselves David Wong is a good idea.
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Books read in 2017 # 155-157 - the last three books [Jan. 4th, 2018|11:19 pm]
Tim Lieder
155.Showa 1939-1944 by Shigeru Mizuki - First off, holy fuck, 157 books? I suppose if you don't count the graphic novels it will be much less. I mean I spent 5 months reading that fucking Mao biography and I am STILL not finished with Alan Moore's Jerusalem. So it's weird that I have read this many books. Mostly graphic novels. I'm sure, but it's nice to know that I found a new writer in Mizuki (at least for me) and I consumed almost all of his books that the library had. It's also odd that he is more well known for his funny Yoshai comics when the library has almost all of those serious historical books.

And of course, the ratface yoshai shows up in this book to narrate the history of Japan. There's a very compelling part in the beginning where it looks like maybe Japan and America can avoid a war and there were diplomats who really wanted a peaceful resolution on both sides, but given where things were going it's a little like when your favorite ex- is still in your life and you think that you still could get back together but the ways that could happen become much more convoluted like ok, she could convert to Judaism and break up with this guy and move back to my city and I could get my shit together and she could stop listening to the therapist who gets her to realize that she shouldn't date guys who remind her of her dad...

Anyhow Japan goes to war and most of the book is about the civilian life as Shigeru is aimless again. I mentioned this in the other books of this series but it seems like Shigeru is depicting his youth as the life of an aimless layabout in order to fantasize about what his life was like before he NEVER STOPPED WORKING.

And then we get the soldier stories which are disgusting. Shigeru still depicts army life as disgusting where he keeps getting slapped around. The story of the soldier that gets eaten by the alligator from As We March to Our Noble Deaths is repeated here. There's also a lot of talk about shitting all over the place. this one ends with Japan almost finished but the worst is yet to come. I probably shouldn't have read these out of order since I would have had a better time reading the next one where he meets the tribesmen of that island and comes back to a very confused Japan (one that has Americans teaching the virtues of free expression from textbooks that are heavily censored).

156.Beowulf by Santiago Garcia & David Rubin - This one is beautiful. Mostly the Beowulf story is already known, but the pictures look like paintings and the blood is grotesque and Beowulf has a lunkhead charm.

157.ABBA ABBA by Anthony Burgess - So the last book I read in 2017 is a little dull but enjoyable in a small way, if fictional portrayals of poets meeting and talking about poetry is your thing. John Keats is dying of TB and he meets an Italian poet who is earthy and Catholic - so lots of poems about fucking and Abraham. Burgess translates that poems at the end and the poet was a real guy and it all gets a little tired. Prose is quite fine but if this was the only Burgess book I've read besides Clockwork Orange I would not be sympathetic to his lifelong complaint about being known for only Clockwork Orange.
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