John Bobbit: Immortalized Through Verbification
I use the term "Bobbitized" in this week's edition.
Rude Proof? Bwah Hah Hahhhh!
Back in the 18 June 2000 issue, there was an item about Beaver College and why the school wanted to change its name.
Herb Caen: Master of the Three Dots
This story is what got me started on remembering Herb Caen — it's from True's 17 May 2009 issue:
Or, Was I Offensive to Little Girls?
There was a phrase in the previous blog entry on the 6-year-old kid, where I imagined the school staff: "Run in circles! Pull out your hair! Scream like a little girl!" Today Nancy in Illinois complained that was "sexist language".
There's No Such Thing as Writer's Block
A friend of mine asked me for some advice last week. He's preparing to leave the military, and thought writing might be his next career. Did I have any pearls of wisdom? I gave him two main pieces of advice. The second one: he must understand that there's no such thing as "writer's block."
The Euphemism Treadmill
I ran a story in this week's issue in part to provoke -- and even though I didn't post it here, there was a lot of thoughtful comment. So OK, I'll post it here to help facilitate the discourse. First, the story, from the 19 June 2011 issue:
A Pride of Obliviots
MSgt USAF (retired) Joseph in Ohio inquires, “As a multi-decade reader I find readers’ comments almost as entertaining as the stories. This brings me to my question. Being an English major I would like to know what the collective is for ‘obliviot’?”
Man Bites Weiner (or Vice Versa)
Very Often, Readers Submit Stories that are most definitely, without a doubt, weird. But sometimes I still can’t use them because despite being weird (one definition: unusual), they’re ...well... not unusual.