I used to write a lot in high school and college, but stopped when I
discovered Robbe-Grillet, who
did just about everything I was trying to do, only much better, as
well as things I didn't even think were possible. Only recently have
I started to recover from that shock and think about writing again.
Here's my partial bibliography--to be added to as I remember it.
I'd like to put electronic versions of the better stories here
eventually. If you have any comments on what's here, please send me a
- (197?) Poems
- (197?) Those Three Days
- [doubtless others I can't recall right now]
- (1979-80) Freshman year stories
- All of these were really bad, so I'm listing them separately.
- (1980) Operation Crusader (The Po-em)
- Uncompleted. The "BPL Rising" poem in "In the Wake of Poseidon"
may be from this, and is at least related to it.
- (1980?) Hymenoptera
- The first major story I wrote on my own. It was a parody of the
insect collection assignment we had to do in Sophomore biology. I had
classmates read it and write comments on the back of the pages, which
kept me going. I think it ended up being around 40 pages long.
- (1981) TUL-RoM (The Ultimate Locked-Room Mystery)
- Written for Sophomore English class.
- (1981-2) Summer stories
- I wrote a lot of stories summer 1982, so they are listed separately.
My goal was to write one story or a part of a story per day, and although I
didn't get close, I did write quite a bit, pretty much all of it
awful. I suppose it was good practice, though. I've also put the two
stories I wrote summer 1981 here.
- (1982) Thanksgiving Themesgiving
- A one-act play, never completed. Looks like it was an attempt to
do a Hofstadter-type dialog.
- (1982?) Avec les Bentfin Boomer Garcons sur Petit Vieux
Nouveau Orleans a la Station-Servise s'Appelle Desire
- A one-page French play, co-written and acted out with Dan
Nickolich. The title is a combination of a SF short story called
"With the Bentfin Boomer Boys in Little Old New Orleans" and Tennessee
William's "A Streetcar Named Desire"; the names of the two characters
were taken from these as well.
- (1982) We have heaven
- Satire for English class.
- (1983) Tales from Tautological Oceans
- Epic for English class.
- (1983) Crime and
- (1983) In the Wake of
- Background and Notes
The first story I wrote in the summer after high
school ended. An imitation of Finnegans Wake, except Joyce wrote his
story in 18 years and covered all of human history, whereas I wrote mine in
one day and covered only my (nonexistent) romantic life during high
school. I unearthed this recently (2/95) and was surprised at how
well it turned out. I've more recently (7/95) gotten around to
making an electronic version.
- (1983) Quest for the Applesauce
- One page throwaway, written on the back of a placemat at work.
- (1983) Indoor Games
- Subtitled: an existential soap opera.
- (1983) CA
- Joint work with Eddy Nickolich. This was a sort of imitation of
Ring Lardner's nonsense plays, with all sorts of other stuff stolen
and thrown in. We only wrote about 12 pages and never made it to
the start of the plot, which was later described in a paragraph of
Rush (about the alien creature
landing in the ice bin and so forth).
- (1982-3) Dan's Birthdayland Adventure
- I wrote this for my friend Dan Nickolich's birthday, but after 13
months and 120 pages I had missed two of his birthdays before finally
finishing it. The title is a parody a "ME Book" my little sister had
received as a birthday present in which they insert your name into
some lame story. This story is a mix of all kinds of stuff, most of
which is pretty terrible but some of which came out quite well. I may
put some better excerpts here some day.
- (1983) Out
- (1983) Random Animal Parts
- (1983) The House of Convergent Series (math problem sets)
- (1984) The Lovecraft (math problem sets)
- (1984?) Against Cuteness (essay)
- (1984) Rush
- A story (sort of) about Rush Week at MIT, written Fall of my
Sophomore year. I revised it in 1994, removing most (but not all) of
the more dull parts and making a few other modifications.
- (1984) (a story so bad I destroyed it and have forgotten the title)
- (198?) (pseudorandom cut-up of a passage of a trashy romance
titled "Prisoner of Passion")
- (1986) In Every Dream Home a Heartache (trilogy)
- Simultaneity is Harder than Agreement (ten fables)
- Five Lectures on the Theory of Computation
- In Every Dream Home a Heartache
- (19??) [some skits for Japanese class]
- (1994) Jean(ne) de Berg: A
- An account of how I discovered two novels by Catherine
- (1994) Le cheval
(collaborative French poem)
- (1993-) Now The
- (1994-) Cinq nouvelles topologiquement équivalent
à une sphère
- The idea was to write a single story in French five times,
expanding it and making it more complex as my French improved.
Unfortunately my French hasn't improved much lately, and only the
initial story has been written.
- Un des deux trois
- Hélène et les garçons [kashou]
- [daime mitei]
- La passion de Nancy [kashou]
- La mort de Cora [kashou]
- (1995-) 440 (12 Studies for Now The)
- The current plan is as follows. Look
here for a little more detail.
- 277 Indianapolis
- 293 Cambridge
- 311 Palo Alto
- 330 Yokohama
- 349 Ai ga tarinai -> Atarimae (Japanese dorama)
- 370 (a story from Cinq Nouvelles (French))
- 392 This Week's Girl (roller rink, girl in red)
- 415 (potions)
- 440 12 Studies for Now The
- 466 Girls make me happy (Japanese)
- 494 Tokimeki (Cosmo essay)
- 523 (synthesis)
- (1995-) Party
- One short story to be written in 100 different ways, just like
- (1995-) The Cookie Mail
- Cookie Stories added.
- (1996-) Pacific Coast Highway
- (1996-) Please Happy End
- This may be short enough that I'll actually write it. It looks
like it should be part of 440, perhaps replacing "This Week's
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