‘Writing’ Category Archives

2
Sep

A Tribute to Labor

by Nicholas Pell in Personal, Politics, Writing

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The worst quality of the aristocracy is their disdain for good, honest labor. The converse may also be true: The worst quality of the proletariat is its near-religious reverence for drudgery. I’ve been a worker bee and I’ve been a petty bourgeois intellectual “worker” and let me tell you, the latter is much, much better.

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19
Aug

On Your Impotent Outrage

by Nicholas Pell in Society, Writing

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America has always had a tension between two contrasting forces: The Puritans and the Wiseacres. I defy grammatical convention by elevating the latter to proper noun status simply because I much prefer it to the former. Broadly speaking, Puritans are Protestant, universalist, future-oriented, convinced of the perfectibility of man and human society, believe that government has a role to play in all this and that we are our brother’s keeper. Wiseacres are Catholic, particularist, present-oriented, favor a vision of man as a flawed creature, generally hold cynical attitudes toward large institutions of any kind and see man as the caretaker of society, not the other way around.

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16
Aug

On Becoming a Writer

by Nicholas Pell in Writing

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As with most childhood dreams, “becoming a writer” is a far different process than one imagines while day dreaming or otherwise putting public school time to good use. I fully expected most of my days to be spent in the company of pithy queers, grizzled men in flannel shirts and demurely charming women sporting floppy hats and costume pearls. In fact, the only queers I see are the ones cruising me when I take a walk to the record store and my life is decidedly devoid of grizzled men of any type — to say nothing of women in hats of any sort.

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28
Feb

I’m Quiet When I Have Nothing to Say

by Nicholas Pell in Personal, Writing

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My blogging has been getting a little a spotty. As I’ve stated before, I feel sort of dirty even using the word “blogging.” But there’s a better reason for my lack of updates: I just haven’t had anything I want to say that I also want to share with the world.

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11
Feb

To The Naysayers

by Nicholas Pell in Writing

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So it’s been over three years that I’ve been in the writing game and about a year and a half that I’ve been regularly writing stuff worth reading. Yet I still hear “HERP A DURRRRR GOOD LUCK MAKING MONEY WRITING.”

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