Work & writing by Josh Wilson

Alas, a Blog

Brief writings, comments, updates and vignettes.

The Fabulist @ Lit Crawl 2021

By reader / September 21, 2021 / 0 Comments

I’m thrilled to share that The Fabulist is hosting a reading at Lit Crawl 2021 on Saturday, October 23, from 8-9p.m., at the storied Adobe Bookstore in San Francisco’s Mission District. Our readers comprise a stellar lineup of Bay Area talent working with fantastical fiction, including Claire Light, Nick Mamatas and Annalee Newitz. Get the […]

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That damnable ‘Oxford’ comma

By reader / September 20, 2021 / 0 Comments

By the way, it’s a serial comma. Oxford is in England, didn’t you know? Ah, but the comma-tariat, they care not for such details. And so we are oppressed, all of us, by the “Oxford” comma’s obtrusive demands for conformity, by its habit of boorishly inserting itself into places where it’s not welcome — like […]

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Look at President Donald J. Trump playing “Baby Pinochet”

By reader / July 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

As of this writing, secret police are cruising the streets of at least one American city, hustling citizens engaged in First Amendment-protected acts of protest off the streets in unmarked cars, where they are detained without charges in federal buildings. Stated so plainly, is it really alarmist to accuse our president of playing at Pinochet? […]

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Press Club panel on ‘Big Tech’ and journalism

By reader / December 18, 2019 / 0 Comments

Someone put me on a panel about Big Tech — Google and Facebook, mostly — and then someone else wrote an article about it. The event was at City College, and was staged by the Press Club of San Francisco. Check out the article here. It was a fun panel. Also starring the extremely astute […]

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Kim Shattuck of The Muffs was awesome and died too young

By reader / October 3, 2019 / 0 Comments

I don’t know where my old Muffs cassette is these days, but that band carved out a little space in my music-loving heart, and I was so sad to learn that their frontwoman, Kim Shattuck, has died way too young — age 56, of ALS. It’s not just their catchy little snarky/world-weary/get-over-it ditties. It’s the […]

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Here’s what I remember about President George Herbert Walker Bush

By reader / December 6, 2018 / 0 Comments

Here’s what I remember about President George Herbert Walker Bush, on the occasion of his passing. In 1990, on a meandering cross-country road trip, I drove out of Yosemite National Park to see an enormous column of smoke reaching into the sky, so titanic and towering I at first wasn’t able to make sense of […]

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