Links for Lunch

A new feature in which I recommend the work and websites of people who buy me lunch. Today’s entry: Gordon Fitch!

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Gordon Fitch is a friend to artists. He’s a friend to me, a friend to my friend Signe, and a friend to all the other artsists whose work he put on the interwebs long before everyone and their cow had their own web site. Veterans of Usenet may know Gordon from his devastatingly witty and well-thought rants and arguments. I’m still waiting for him to collect a “best-of” anthology of his Usenet essays so I can read them all. Also he writes short stories, but I can’t find a public link to them on his website so maybe he wants to keep them secret. Yesterday Gordon bought me lunch twice: first, french fries and onion rings at Coney Island, then watercress dumplings, rice flour rolls with mock ham and coriander, and snow pea leaves dumplings at Vegetarian Dim Sum House in Chinatown. Thanks, Gordon!

Would YOU like to be featured in Links for Lunch? Then buy me lunch. My email address is at the bottom of the middle column, the one with the pictures linking to my movies and cartoons and stuff.

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Links for Lunch

A new feature in which I recommend the work and websites of people who buy me lunch. Today’s entry: Marty Wombacher!

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You may know Marty Wombacher as the publisher of Fishwrap, a 1990’s ‘zine about magazines, or as the author of 99 Bottles of Beer Off The Wall, an answer to Zagat guides. Lately Marty’s been on fire with essays and anecdotes which you can read on his myspace blog. Now I happen to hate myspace – it’s ugly, clunky, unweildly and occasionally even confusing design-wise, and the very word “myspace” is an embarrassment. I’m not registered with myspace, I avoid it…but I’ve been reading Marty’s blog almost daily, due to the quality of the writing. If you still can’t bear to visit any myspace page – and I can’t blame you – you can buy Marty’s upcoming, ink-on-paper book, The Boy Who Would Be A Fire Truck. Actually you can buy the book regardless.

Would YOU like to be featured in Links for Lunch? Then buy me lunch. My email address is at the bottom of the middle column, the one with the pictures linking to my movies and cartoons and stuff.

Eats for Endorsement

A new feature in which I recommend the work and websites of people who buy me dinner. Today’s entry: Roz Warren!

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Back before the interwebs, we independent cartoonists struggled in obscurity, seldom finding the audiences who would most appreciate our work. That anyone saw marginal comics like Nina’s Adventures at all was due to the good graces and herculean efforts of small publishers – publishers like Roz Warren. Throughout the 90’s, Roz selflessly devoted herself to the cause of “getting it out there,” editing and publishing humor collections through her Laugh Lines Press. I hadn’t seen Roz in over a decade, which was far too long; but apparently we’re both still as charming and brilliant as ever, although one of us has become a public librarian (guess which!). Indeed, conversation remained entertaining and fascinating as Roz treated me to an extremely delicious dinner in the West Village. Check out her web site which includes several stories and humor pieces, including this one which apparently has become a literary cult classic.

Would YOU like to be featured in Eats for Endorsement? Then buy me dinner. My email address is at the bottom of the middle column, the one with the pictures linking to my movies and cartoons and stuff.