I'm in Portland.
I just dropped Darby off at her vegan cooking workshop, which feels appropriate in this ultra-hipster city. A friend of mine recently showed me some clips from Fred Armisen's show Portlandia, and the humor was lost on me.
(The picture above was taken on the street right by where we're staying.)
This morning Darby took me out to a vegan restaurant, where I tried vegan nachos and a BBQ Thai wrap.
It was actually really good.
I'm staying in a bed and breakfast, which hopefully means I'll have lots of time to get some reading and writing done this week.
I'm re-reading No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July and a fiction collection called 50 Great Short Stories that I picked up for $9 at the UBC bookstore.
Speaking of the UBC bookstore, I complained on Twitter that they were sold out of Half-Blood Blues and they just tweeted me to offer me a copy.
What a strange technological age we live in.
Bad news: Got a rejection letter from The Walrus today. The upside? They got back to me in less than three weeks.
Trying to get your writing published in most literary journals and magazines in Canada seems to be an interminable, never-ending process. So it's cool to see they're efficient.
The Walrus is probably my favorite Canadian magazine, so I'd love to get something published in there one day.
Other random thoughts: I really enjoyed my friend Shaun Ross' most recent blog post about essay-writing. It's got some cool links too. You can check it out HERE.
Tomorrow Darby and I are driving to the coast, and I may or may not strip naked and run into the ocean.
I've posted a clip from Portlandia after the jump.
That's all I've got for now.
PS-I went for my PRISM international job interview on Wednesday, and I think it went pretty well. I really, really want that job. I just got an email from andrea bennett, and apparently deliberations are going to take longer than planned. We're supposed to find out their decisions in a week...cross your fingers for me, please.