Friday, April 30

A Brief Apology

It's been pointed out to me that my promised column for this week hasn't appeared. I'm here to say "sorry about that."

I've done, I think, a fairly good job of balancing the day job with the writing but sometimes the former has to take priority over the latter - especially in these superfun economic times. I wish that weren't the case, but then, I wish I could write about this stuff for a living, and if wishes were horses....

Anywho, the point is that there won't be any Lost-related ramblings until next week despite my promises to the contrary. I'm tired, and I can assure you that whatever I'd have produced would've reflected that. I'd rather not subject myself or you good folks to the virulent toxicity of half-baked Morse prose. The topic I'd planned to discuss will be featured in my forthcoming book.

Tune in over the weekend and early next week - I'm going to be showcasing some of our readers' artistic endeavors and offering some thoughts up on the show's final stretch. As always, I look forward to your comments, thoughts, and baking recipes. I very much appreciate your patience and your loyalty to this lil' blog o' mine.




  1. No problem sir! We all understand as we all gotta get paid!

    Darth Sillynous - too lazy to even sign in.

  2. Darth, it never even occurred to me not to sign in! Brilliant, sir!

    Morse, no worries. I'm writing a novel, and have been for the better part of the decade, and I sure as hell don't get to it every day, much as I'd like to. Looking forward to next week.

    -Greg, likewise lazy.

  3. You have nothing to apologize for, man. As soon as you come up with a way for me to pay you for what you do, I'll do it. Otherwise, you aren't beholden to any deadlines or vague promises.

    There's some inherent disappointment in the lack of output this week, of course, but you know what? Who's really going to complain. You're doing a bang up job. Keep it up.

    Tralfamadore64, ditto.

  4. No worries, Morse. Like the show itself, half of the enjoyment of following your column is the time spent waiting for you to update it with your thoughtful ramblings.

    We eagerly anticipate next week! THE CANDIDATE. Can't wait.

  5. Hey Morse, since there's no update this week, maybe a little random nonsense could tide it over... Said random nonsense: Why did you choose "WhatIsWater" for your email address?

  6. Thanks for being understanding, everyone. Much appreciated. There'll be posts popping up all week.

    Hi Ho, the address is a riff on David Foster Wallace's Kenyon College Commencement speech. It's one of the wisest, warmest things I've ever read. It's available as a (tiny little) book, but you can read an excerpt of it here:

  7. & here I thought your handle was a reference to the temple's enigmatic waterworks

  8. Thanks Greg and Tralfamadore!

    Morse - Cannot wait to see more ramblings this week! We have to make the best of the next 3 weeks! :(

    Darth Sillynous - Keeping with theme

  9. Erik,

    Yeah, I like the unintended Lost resonance, especially given how central water has been to the season as a means of renewal and a means of imprisonment.

    Highly recommend picking up the Wallace book. The published title is "This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life." It'll take you 20 minutes to read, and will likely stick with you long after that.

  10. Apparently, the speech is also available in the 2005 Best American Non-Required Reading anthology. That's a better deal for your dollar, arguably.

  11. Morse, thanks for putting up the link. That was an incredible speech. I'll have to try to find the full copy. Makes me wish that my commencement had something of that significance. Also kind of makes me want to read the (daunting) "Infinite Jest".

  12. Hi Ho,

    My pleasure. If I may make a suggestion - try reading Wallace's nonfiction first. It's more accessible and it'll acclimate you to his tics and habits as a writer. The book "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" was my gateway drug, and it was the perfect introduction. It's worth picking up just for the piece that Wallace wrote on David Lynch - the finest assessment of a filmmaker that I've ever read.

  13. MMorse I love the Foster-Wallace commencement. That is always on my list of things to re-read each year. Here are two other great ones. This is a "real" Vonnegut commencement from 1981 I say real b/c for a long time people thought the "wear sunscreen" speech was is, and it is not. This other one is not as intense but fun nonetheless. Its from Patton Oswalt, but unfortunately I was unable to find a direct link to the transcript. From here click on the archived article "AND NOW, THE ACTUAL SPEECH." Enjoy.

  14. Great text by Wallace. It's sad that he committed suicide before 50. Reminded me of that article by David Wong:
    It's a lot less serious, but has a similar message. Also his novel "John dies at the end" rocks, in a Stephen-King-meets-Terry-Pratchett kind of way.