Tuesday, December 26, 2006


Well it’s time to clear the decks, and recycle the stacks of newspapers and magazines that I never got around to reading in 2006.

Not long ago I admitted* that I didn’t get the appeal of those graphic panels called "The Funny Pages" in the NY Times magazine. I think they are neither pig nor pork. Maybe it’s the size of the print—tiny. Maybe it’s a matter of context, or that I expected them to be funny, and found them depressing, and that made me feel like a rube. (Okay, so I’m a little defensive.)

I’ll give them another shot when I get my new glasses. Soon. But The Funny Pages also include short autobiographical stories done in the regular magazine format. I just got around to reading one from December 3rd. If you’ve ever been anxious about public speaking, this is for you.

You can find more inspiration from Merrill at her site:
http://www.merrillmarkoe.com/writing/index.php and here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/merrill-markoe/puzzling-superironic-cor_b_37196.html

*Interested in making your own cultural confession? See: http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/books/2006/12/my_cultural_confessions.html

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