Jim Newell


That Hit The Spot
October 2, 2008, 5:04 am
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For someone who writes bitter, snide “jokes” (although more recently, “angry rants”) about people who admittedly deserve it, and deserve it more by the day, what a lovely, honest long comment about Alaska this was to find among the common foolishness, hundreds of comments down the line and spotted just when I needed it most:

“I could never accurately describe the magnificence of the surrounding area. It’s something you really have to see to understand. Even though I don’t think I could ever move back there given the lack of job opportunities in my field, I still miss it terribly at times. I don’t believe I’ll ever rid myself completely of the heartbreak of being so far away from an area I love so deeply, to which I have no viable options for return. I have never found anything that compares to the feeling of standing alone in a field of snow, away from any hint of civilization, and staring at the stars as the northern lights drift by in waves overhead. Honestly, even thinking about it makes me want to cry, it’s just too beautiful.”

My instincts, of course, have been recalibrated to twitch and sneer at that last sentence. Not tonight. The days have been crushing.



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May 29, 2008, 5:29 pm
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Can’t Even Handle It
April 25, 2008, 5:51 am
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Now that it’s warm out and I’ve been cooking various red meats for dinner, on the stove, and I just listened to “Night Falls on Hoboken” for the first time in years because the CD copy in my car has an actual hole in it, this cover, one of my favorite covers, no actually just my favorite cover entirely, means too much to me. I’ve never spent an extended period of time in New Jersey in my life, but for some reason their summers — “New Jersey Summers” — strangely affect me. I think of sparklers and hamburgers. It’s not even summer yet.



Hey Look It’s Me Jim
February 11, 2008, 5:28 am
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This is more or less my favorite photo now. Although this one is also pretty great:

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Those are my two favorite photos, it would seem.

I use these photos frequently at my regular job, as associate editor of Wonkette, a weblog about politics. The corporates own it. I also am a “contributing editor” at IvyGate, a blog about eight colleges. I will write things here every now and then, forever, but rarely.