Adam Reger | Freelance Writer

Pittsburgh-based freelance writer

Juggalo Mayhem Redux

Yesterday I linked to an entertaining AV Club write-up of the Juggaloes-vs.-Tila Tequila kerfuffle at the 11th Gathering of the Juggaloes. The writer of that piece, Sean O’Neal, teased a forthcoming first-person account from Nathan Rabin, the AV Club‘s head writer, who was at the Gathering.

And lo, here it is. And it is pretty damned entertaining in its own right. Don’t look to it to change any of your opinions on Juggaloes or the Insane Clown Posse, though, unless you’ve heard only one or two things about them, all glowingly positive.

Ron Carlson

. . . interviewed at Fiction Writers Review. Interesting stuff, very much about teaching as well as writing, and the writing questions are specific, process-oriented questions. I’ve lost track of his career over the last five to eight years but he used to be a favorite, beginning with his time as writer-in-residence at Beloit College. A few years ago I saw him read a selection from “Beanball” at the AWP conference and wondered why I’d stopped reading Ron Carlson. I wonder that now, too.

I’m heartened to hear that he’s not an everyday writer, that even for an established writer there are weeks when you muster only two days at the keyboard.  His goal of working more days per week than he doesn’t seems refreshingly sensible to me. I am floating into that zone myself, no longer having the available time to sit down for a dedicated, unbroken chunk of time each day. Partly it hurts, but partly it’s great, too: there are enough other things going on that I don’t have a daily string of hours from the time I get home to when I go to bed.

Also, this quote: “A lot of days I’d stop in the middle of a word. I’d know how to pick up, because I knew how to spell.”