October 31, 2008
Originally published in The Nervous Breakdown
Fourteen years ago, I started an online magazine. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a big deal now, since anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can create an online presence, but back in March of 1994, it wasn’t so easy. Because Netscape Navigator wasn’t even at 1.0 — it was in beta. And Internet Explorer didn’t exist. Email ran on mainframes and VAX machines, and Gopher was the protocol of choice when it came to delivery of information in a menu-like interface.
Anyway, I had to come up with a name for the magazine, and I chose Whirlwind. I’m trying to remember why I picked that name, but honestly, I can’t recall, though I would like to say now that I regret choosing it. I mean it’s not a terrible name, but couldn’t I pick something cooler, like Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head? I mean I was in college, for God’s sake. It’s just sad.
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October 25, 2008
A good friend and writer just published an essay in the Modern Love section of the New York Times. It’ll come out in print on Sunday (the Sunday Styles section, if you aren’t familiar with the newspaper), but it’s already out online. Enjoy!
I Measured My Commitment in Carats
October 12, 2008
Two posts in one day? Surely the apocalypse can’t be far.
Actually this is long overdue. I’ve been working with a phenomenally talented guy named Noah Dempewolf. I met him through KoreAm Journal (which, by the way, still welcomes your support), where he illustrated a pair of my articles. I love his work, so it was a great pleasure to have him draw up portraits for two of the main characters in the novel, David and Sue. These wonderful drawings are featured in a broadsheet that features the first chapter of the novel. I plan to use it for marketing purposes as the pub date nears.
I should also mention that Noah did the banner graphic for this site as well. The guy can do it all.
October 12, 2008
I finally have a cover for the book, and lemme tell ya, it wasn’t easy. There were three other versions, one that even I attempted to mock up, but the “kid cover,” as I’m now calling it, was the one that was finally chosen. The first one had four pairs of Asian shoes and was deemed too “chick-litty.” The second one had three pairs of shoes, two Asian and one pair of Converse Chuck Taylors, but that, too, was ultimately too chick-lit. The one that I had created included a pair of graphics by an artist I was working with, and it unfortunately gave off a graphic-novel vibe that threatened to confuse potential readers.
I believe the boy is holding a fish fillet sandwich. Don’t ask.