Elsewhere Me

Hi I like totally did some stuff.

  • I was on NPR talking about the portrayal of autism in the media, a follow-up to my “Autistic Trekdom” of last year. Several people have told me that the segment turned out well. I will take their word for it, as I find listening to myself on the radio to be an excruciating experience. I am doubly wary of this particular piece, because I spent most of my time in the studio floudering around aimlessly. (I pronounced the name “Abed” about 30 different ways, for instance.) If it is intelligible at all, that is due entirely to the editing prowess of my interviewer Jeanie Yandal.
  • Speaking of The Morning News (we were, kinda–they ran that “Trekdom” essay, above), the Tournament of Books wrapped up last Monday. I, like all judges, read the two finalists, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen and A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, and voted for a winner. Now, as part of my 2011 Projects List, I owe y’all reviews of both novels. That will happen.
  • Meanwhile, over at Vending Spree: The PayDay bar! Mmm. Chia.

2010 Holiday Survival Guide for Slackers

In keeping with the theme, I slacked off yesterday and neglected to mention that my ninth annual Holiday Survival Guide for Slackers was live at The Morning News.

A huge thanks to everyone who suggested items, with a special call out to Dylan (Better Marriage Blanket), orsted (Quantum Stirwand), umrain zero (Celestial Portraits), mriggen (Fresh Brown “Eggs”) & sperkal (two of my favorite IRL people), plus the many many many many readers who sent me links to specialty Snuggies and are now barred from contacting me ever again.

Animated Films for Grown-Ups

My list of good animated films for grown-ups appears today at The Morning News. Thanks to all the readers who sent in suggestions, especially Ahtitan (who is quoted in the article, under Grave of the Fireflies), Cam, Yael, Matt, Dave, Sean, John, and by long-time buddy Matt Olsen (previously seen here). Jake also wrote in to endorse The Venture Bro. and Archer; the focus of the piece was feature-length films, but I love both of these shows.

I will be on NPR’s KUOW Presents at 2:30 PST this afternoon, ruminating yet more about animated films. I’ll toss a link up here when the feed is available.

Update: Feed links can be found on this page.

Elsewhere Me

Here are some recent and upcoming irons in my fire. So to speak.