Me & McSweeney’s Down by the Schoolyard

On 9/15/19, the following was submitted to the acclaimed literary humor site, McSweeney's Internet Tendency. On 9/20/19, a gracious and empathetic rejection email (personally written / non-boilerplate) was sent back in response, providing even further evidence why McSweeney's is fucking awesome. Me & A McSWEENEY’s Rejection Letter: Collision Course Collision course?! Why a collision...

An Addiction to Writing Distraction

As I write this I have four tabs open; each representing the different avenues of research that I needed to write this piece. I seem to be incapable of reading a full article in its entirety before the insatiable urge comes to switch to another. The irony certainly hasn’t been lost on me. If I don’t make the conscious choice to alter my behaviour, now, before the end of my introduction; this...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Woj Bomb

If there was one clear cut winner of this year’s NBA offseason, it would definitely have to be ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski. Despite all of the major shifts in the power structure of the league brought on by this offseason’s free agency period, nothing came anywhere even remotely close to the anticipation of breaking news from the Twitter feed of the man now commonly known as...

The First Rule of Write Club is That You Talk About Write Club

So, here we are, you and me, standing still in place and wondering what we’re doing with our lives. I look at you and tell you the dead truth: I don’t really know. Right now, I’m in the subway under downtown Los Angeles on my way home, hoping to catch the early train so I can cut a little bit more out of my night than I usually do. I live in a small place, by anyone’s standard, and go...

Because I Never Throw Anything Away I Can Share With You The Crappy Card Game I Made 24 Years Ago

BREAKING: I'm a nerd. I know. To many of my friends and family that admission will come as a total shock, but there it is. And, the horrible truth of it is, I've always been a nerd. Heaven help my sons, let us all hope they take after their mother. Being a colossal nerd I've been into colossally nerdy things, often well before being a nerd about said things was cool (See: comic books, role...

The Legend of Internet Tio

Where did you find your heroes?  In between the panels of a comic book, larger than life, battling for the fate of the world? Out in the fields, courts, stadiums and arenas of your city making that last shot or taking the last stand to lead your team to victory? Did you see them on the nightly news in a three minute local feel good story doing something to make life a little better for the...

Anatomy of a Near Perfect Tweet According to a Shitty Tweeter

I never got Twitter. Or Instagram or Tumblr or Facebook or Snapchat or MySpace or pretty much all of social media. For a second in high school, I thought I had a pretty good grasp of Livejournal but that came and went pretty quickly. So, what is it exactly about Twitter that I don't get you ask? For starters, let me offer a bit of context. I, Jericho Vilar, am a 38 year old socially crippled...

“Why Wasn’t I Consulted?”

“Why wasn't I consulted,” which I abbreviate as WWIC, is the fundamental question of the web. It is the rule from which other rules are derived. Humans have a fundamental need to be consulted, engaged, to exercise their knowledge (and thus power), and no other medium that came before has been able to tap into that as effectively. Paul Ford - "The Web Is a Customer Service Medium" Paul Ford's...

On Fatherhood

A little late with the 2018 introspection considering it's already day two of 2019 but I'm killing time late at night (or early in the morning) while kiddo #2 is passed out on my shoulder. Which is one of the best moments to have, warm lump content with the world snuggled in and all. This time next year we probably won't have these moments anymore, certainly not as often. At a certain point...

There Is Humor In Grief

Over at Karigee is an interesting highlight from a Q&A of Sarah Anne Johnson interviewing Amy Bloom in Conversations with American Women Writers (how's that for old school blogging link credit!): Q: You often use humor to diffuse an emotionally intense situation, and at the same time to create pathos, or a sense of the real sadness underlying the attempt at humor and the need for humor in a...