Jaime Green

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Jul 24

"after agee"

I was looking for something else on my computer and found a file called “after agee” from my first semester of grad school. It’s a less-than-page-long document about living alone and the farmers market and cooking - I don’t even know what class this was for. I don’t remember reading any Agee in grad school! I see how little bits of it snuck into an essay I wrote a year later, how I’d been getting words ready for their ideas. But it feels like a stranger wrote this, too. This is how it ends:

There is a cat sleeping in the window, and my knife slices through stems, heavy and deft. Cutting into smaller pieces, down and down, and I am alone in the room and alone in my home, but I am alone in my head and the inside of my head is vast. I had never known this place before I spent so many hours quiet, knocked on some door with the rhythmic hits of my knife blade on the cutting board after it’s sliced through a stem.

The whole piece is in italics and I have no idea why.


Jul 9
That works!

That works!


Jul 8
To at least some extent, the search for extrasolar planets is the search for extrasolar life. We don’t get excited about Earth-like planets because we’re worried our planet is lonely. We’re the ones looking to be less alone. Public interest piques at the mention of Earth-like discoveries: rocky worlds, roughly Earth’s size, in their star’s habitable zone. It seems simple. But of course, it’s not. 
(via The Habitable Zone of Inhabited Planets | The Planetary Society)
My first post as an occasional blogger for The Planetary Society is up! There are some grumpy comments, and I can’t tell if they’re grumpy at me or grumpy at the paper I wrote about, so I’m gonna ignore them and enjoy the fact that I’m now science-blogging at the same outlet as Bill Nye.

To at least some extent, the search for extrasolar planets is the search for extrasolar life. We don’t get excited about Earth-like planets because we’re worried our planet is lonely. We’re the ones looking to be less alone. Public interest piques at the mention of Earth-like discoveries: rocky worlds, roughly Earth’s size, in their star’s habitable zone. It seems simple. But of course, it’s not. 

(via The Habitable Zone of Inhabited Planets | The Planetary Society)

My first post as an occasional blogger for The Planetary Society is up! There are some grumpy comments, and I can’t tell if they’re grumpy at me or grumpy at the paper I wrote about, so I’m gonna ignore them and enjoy the fact that I’m now science-blogging at the same outlet as Bill Nye.


Apr 28

The Great Blog Hop: Writers talkin bout writing

My great friend Isaac tagged me in The Great Blog Hop, where writers discuss their work and process and tag other writers to participate. Isaac and I had sort of parallel (but very different) departures from theatre to writing at around the same time - he (sort of) left directing, I left new play development, we ended up in nonfiction MFA programs within a year of each other - and it’s been great sort of growing up together, or growing into this new world. Isaac read on the first episode of The Catapult, and his answers to the Blog Hop questions are here. Mine are below.

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Apr 10
“Sometimes it feels like the more violent choice — I don’t know if I want to say “violent,” but certainly more intentional or aggressive — is to keep journalism and memoir separate. Every time a journalist reports a piece, she’s having a really intense experience; every time you have a conversation with another person — whether you’re doing it as a journalist or a friend — all these moments of your own past are rising up to haunt you.”

It’s Always Spilling Over The Edges

I interviewed Leslie Jamison for BuzzFeed Books. We talked about travel, parents, writing, pain, maggots, ultra-marathons, and other sorts of things one expects in an essay collection.


Mar 24
“You can pretend you’re in a tunnel. You can make believe you have on blinders. You can stare 100 yards in the distance at a random point. You can walk with urgency or purpose. You can look prickly or preoccupied. You can wear an iPod. You can make a cell phone call. You can fake a cell phone call. You can write a text message to no one.

These are the ways foreign women get down the street in Cairo. These are the tricks they share, the ways they teach me to “beige out,” as one woman put it, to fog up the glasses, whenever outside. Outside is the sphere of Egyptian men. Men run markets, crowd alleys, fill every subway car but the very middle one, marked by a huddle of headscarves. Females are scarce on Cairo’s streets, and those who do appear seem hurried, like mice suddenly exposed in the middle of a room, rushing for cover.”

Colleen Kinder, “Blot Out”

Hear Colleen read from this essay in episode 2.

(via catapultreads)


Mar 12
jaimealyse:

One week from today, seven amazing writers will be reading about everything from empathy to epilepsy, all about our brains and minds and how we understand them or don’t. Featuring poetry, fiction, and essays from:
Stefan Merrill BlockMeehan CristTimothy DonnellyLeslie JamisonMiles KleeElissa Schappelland Lynn Schmeidler.
This is for people who like science and for people who like great writing (aka all the good people in the world).
Wednesday March 12, 7pmHousing Works Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby St.)
Free! Drinks and books on sale go to support Housing Works. (A few of those books miiiiiight be Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams, a full two weeks before its official release.)

This is tonight! This has been a bananas week and when it’s done I’m gonna hibernate for a while go to Colonial Williamsburg, but first I’m hosting this awesome night of writing and science, and pencils with little erasers shaped like brains.

jaimealyse:

One week from today, seven amazing writers will be reading about everything from empathy to epilepsy, all about our brains and minds and how we understand them or don’t. Featuring poetry, fiction, and essays from:

Stefan Merrill Block
Meehan Crist
Timothy Donnelly
Leslie Jamison
Miles Klee
Elissa Schappell
and Lynn Schmeidler.

This is for people who like science and for people who like great writing (aka all the good people in the world).

Wednesday March 12, 7pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby St.)

Free! Drinks and books on sale go to support Housing Works. (A few of those books miiiiiight be Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams, a full two weeks before its official release.)

This is tonight! This has been a bananas week and when it’s done I’m gonna hibernate for a while go to Colonial Williamsburg, but first I’m hosting this awesome night of writing and science, and pencils with little erasers shaped like brains.


Mar 1

Writers: Have you ever taken pictures of the weird, extreme, radical things you do to revise your work? Dramatically marked-up pages? Cut-up pages, index cards, post-its on the wall? I want to show my students how intensively - and inventively - professional writers revise their work. Email me with anything you have.

(I’d also love if you’d reblog this.)


Feb 26
That’s like saying cows are a hybrid of horses and pigs.

That’s like saying cows are a hybrid of horses and pigs.


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