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Life after publication: Joshua V. Scher on the days after your debut novel

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(Disclaimer: I have known Joshua nearly two decades and like him and his work enough for us to collaborate regularly, so if ye seek impartiality, look elsewhere. Let’s begin.)

When Joshua Scher has the New York launch of his first novel Here & There at Brooklyn’s POWERHOUSE Arena this Wednesday November 18 at 7pm, it will have taken over two years… since he finished the initial draft: “So much time that I actually had to go back and examine the ‘dates modified’ log to figure it out.” During that period, he went through “the finding the agent thing”, the “rewriting the book based on my agent’s edits” phase, the “finding a publisher” stage, the “going through the publisher’s round of edits” chapter, and the “copy edits” episode, with everything culminating in the “all the prep work for going to market” stretch.

Now that it’s finally unleashed on the world, how is it?

“When I opened up the box full of the first advance copies… I couldn’t stop smiling. For days. DAYS.” [Read more →]

educationvirtual children by Scott Warnock

Making college a success? Meet people. Do things.

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So what kind of magical thing will happen to you at college? What mysterious formula will make it all worthwhile? [Read more →]

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Top ten statistics

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10. Six out of seven dwarfs aren’t happy

9. Fifty-one percent of Americans believe in love at first sight. The other forty-nine percent are men

8. Seven out of three Americans are bad with statistics

7. Nine out of ten dentists agree that that tenth dentist is an idiot

6. Three out of four Americans make up seventy-five percent of the population

5. Not a single person is in a relationship

4. Three and a half out of seven people overcomplicate things

3. Nine out of ten Americans agree that, out of ten Americans, one will always disagree with the other nine

2. In a recent survey of 100 respondents, sixty-five percent of people polled is water

1. Twenty out of ten schizophrenics love these Top Ten Lists

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Top ten leftover Halloween candies

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10. Bad & Plenty

9. Middlefinger

8. Gecko Wafers

7. Baby Ruth Bader Ginsburg

6. Al Gore’s Melted Sno-Caps

5. Bilk Duds

4. Bengali Rancher

3. Cadbury Creme Eggs and Ham

2. I Can’t Believe They’re Not Raisinets

1. Chris Crispies

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sportsvirtual children by Scott Warnock

Coach or fan? Make your choice

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Okay youth coaches, it’s game time. You have a choice to make: Are you a coach or are you a fan?

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Top ten ways to spend your extra hour this coming weekend

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10. Listen to Frédéric Chopin’s “Minute Waltz” 60 times

9. Alphabetize the names of all of Bill Cosby’s victims

8. Watch “The Best of 2 Broke Girls” 120 times

7. Squeeze out and set aside one-inch lengths of toothpaste to save time in the coming weeks

6. Shampoo, rinse, repeat; Shampoo, rinse, repeat; Shampoo, rinse, repeat…

5. Try, again and again, to reset the clock on your VCR

4. Listen to “American Pie” and “Alice’s Restaurant” twice each

3. Share a bottle of Irish whiskey, then see who can say the phrase “Irish wristwatch” the most times in one hour

2. Make love to the wife, then take a nap for the other 55 minutes

1. Put on your Mr. Peabody mask and pretend you’re going back in time

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Top ten jobs nobody wants

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10. Amish air conditioner repairman

9. Mel Gibson’s image consultant

8. The guy who collects the souls of young boys and feeds them to the Koch brothers

7. Bill Cosby’s pharmacist

6. Public pool pee monitor

5. Donald Trump’s stylist

4. Apprentice crackwhore

3. Chris Christie’s lotion boy

2. Bulletproof vest tester

1. Speaker of the House of Representatives

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books & writing

Added to my bookshelf … “Legacy: An Anthology”

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“What’s in a word,” an English teacher once asked me as I sought just the right expression for the thoughts I wished to convey in a composition assignment. The editors of “Legacy: An Anthology” have assembled an insightful, absorbing – and entertaining! – answer to that question.
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Open letter to South Jersey Magazine about “The Public High School Report Card”

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Dear South Jersey Magazine,
On the cover of volume 12: issue 6, you trumpet that one of your stories is a “2015 Public High School Report Card.” With this letter, I ask that you reconsider how you represent public schools in your annual “Report Card” feature. [Read more →]

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Top ten ways Columbus’s crew passed time on their two-month voyage

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10. Playing shuffleboard on the poop deck

9. Pooping on the shuffleboard deck

8. “Knock Knock” jokes

7. Gorging themselves at the overflowing buffet tables (hardtack only)

6. Looking for mermaids

5. Making salt water taffy

4. Sextanting each other

3. Scattergories

2. Complaining about how they don’t get Columbus Day off

1. Polishing the mast

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Top ten alternate titles for movies

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10. A Bridge Too FarThe Chris Christie Story

9. FrozenSongs to Drive Your Parents Bonkers

8. AvatarSmurfs in Space

7. The ExpendablesGrumpy Old Men Armed to the Dentures

6. InceptionMy Brain Just Broke

5. Herbie: The Love BugEmission: Impossible

4. Four Weddings and a FuneralFive Tragedies

3. Dumb and DumberBarbara Bush’s Boys

2. The Theory of EverythingLook Who’s Hawking

1. 2001: A Space OdesseyKeir Dullea, Gone Tomorrow

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Top ten actual Donald Trump quotes

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10. “A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market. [I]f I were starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black, because I believe they do have an actual advantage.” (NBC News, September 1989)

9. “Our great African American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!” (Twitter, April 28, 2015)

8. “I have black guys counting my money. … I hate it. The only guys I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes all day.” (USA Today, May 20, 1991)

7. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” (Fox News Republican Debate, August 6, 2015

6. “Who the fuck knows? I mean, really, who knows how much the Japs will pay for Manhattan property these days?” (TIME, January 1989)

5. “I don’t have a racist bone in my body.” (Entertainment Tonight, July 1, 2015)

4. “There’s nothing I love more than women, but they’re really a lot different than portrayed. They are far worse than men, far more aggressive.” (The Art of the Comeback, 1997)

3. “You have to treat women like shit.” (New York Magazine, November 9, 1992)

2. “You know, it really doesn’t matter what they write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” (Esquire, 1991)

1. “My daughter Ivanka does have the best body. She’s really something; what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father…” (The Howard Stern Show and Rolling Stone)

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virtual children by Scott Warnock

Driving lesson

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In August, the Inquirer ran a front-page story titled “A tearful ‘How could a father allow this?’” A man gave his 15-year-old daughter the keys to his SUV. She picked up some friends, lost control of the car, and three of the friends were killed. Families were destroyed and people’s lives were ruined. A mother of one of the dead children said to the man, “Your decision to be the ‘cool dad’ devastated our community.” [Read more →]

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Top ten things that indicate just how hip and progressive Pope Francis really is

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10. He’s overseeing the instillation of the Vatican’s first drive-through confessional

9. He considers himself an agnostic because, as he says in Latin, “How do you really know one way or the other?”

8. The communion wafers he distributes now include nacho-flavored

7. He’s hosting the Comedy Central Roast of Benedict XVI

6. A typical penance might be, “Say three ‘Hail Mary’s and sing three choruses of ‘John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt’”

5. Instead of one of those kneely things, his confession booth has a rocker recliner

4. Before he offers communion, he lets you speak with the wine steward

3. For showering, he’s allowing his likeness to be used on Pope-on-a-Rope

2. Instead of incense, before the service he fills the censers with Acapulco Gold

1. Last week he dedicated a new church in Rome called Our Lady of Gaga

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Top ten signs you’ve had a bad summer

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10. What everyone else thinks is a sunburn is actually a rash

9. You’ve lost so much blood from mosquito bites, they’ve stopped biting you

8. You got in trouble because you were lying stark naked on your hotel bed when the maid walked in…finally!

7. You caught crabs at the beach – but not the edible kind

6. First name Bill, last name Cosby

5. You’re a Republican

4. At the company picnic, you really ticked off the boss by drinking too much beer and then peeing in the swimming pool — from the diving board

3. You wish to God you’d never heard of the website Ashley Madison

2. To cash in on the season, you sank all your money into a chain of California water parks

1. You thought the summer camp you were applying to was dedicated to the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis

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ends & oddsports

What to say when your spouse says, “I want to be a Vegas escort”

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There comes a point in every marriage where one partner tells the other: “I want to take a break from you and our child and the life we’ve built together to be a prostitute in Las Vegas—see you soon.” Granted, my wife and I haven’t reached this point yet (give us time, people). Nor have any of our friends. Nor has… well, anyone else I’ve ever met or heard of, besides the husband of former Olympian/call girl Suzy Favor Hamilton. For decades, he offered his spouse a love equal parts heartbreaking devotion and spectacularly questionable judgment. [Read more →]

virtual children by Scott Warnock

There’s never a good time

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We now have a puppy: Little Prue joined the Warnocks last Monday. Those who know me might exclaim, “I didn’t know you were interested in getting a dog!” I wasn’t. Yet we now have a puppy: Little Prue. [Read more →]

that's what he said, by Frank Wilson

An illusion of precision

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I have been remiss in attending to this column, though for the best of reasons: I had lost faith in it.

I had pretty much run out of quotations that had been on the tip of my tongue for decades, and searching around for others seemed somehow contrary to the spirit of the venture, which had to do with examining, up close and personal, the way Montaigne did, notions I had been subscribing to for years.

Looking around for new ones just to have something to write about didn’t seem the same. [Read more →]

Bob Sullivan's top ten everythingeducation

Top ten signs you’ve chosen a bad college

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10. Its Latin motto is actually written in Pig Latin

9. They ask you to pay your entire tuition “in cash, up front, in small bills”

8. In the Jeopardy College Championship, your college had its ass handed to it by Hamburger U

7. Your grade is based on how much you tip your professor

6. There’s only one ‘L’ in ‘COLEGE’

5. When you asked if the school was well endowed, the school president pulled down his zipper

4. The photo on the cover of the college catalogue is of Donald Trump

3. All the books in the library are written by L. Ron Hubbard

2. The only place it advertises is Craigslist

1. The valedictorian is a monkey that knows sign language

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bad sports, good sports

BSGS News Brief: Tom Brady beats the NFL

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Just as I expected, a judge from New York, Richard Berman, tossed out the NFL’s suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady that was handed out in the wake of the so-called “Deflate-gate” scandal. Details are not fully available yet, but the entire suspension was removed and Brady will be eligible to play in next week’s season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

I have been totally perplexed at the NFL’s insistence on fighting this thing all the way to this point, as they clearly had no real case and were very likely to end up with a really bad look. I guess the league felt that a compromise would somehow look even worse (it wouldn’t have), and since Brady flatly refused any deal that involved an admission of guilt, the NFL felt like it needed to follow through with the judge. Bad choice. Now the league has been thoroughly embarrassed, and all for something that was so ridiculous and trivial in the first place. Millions of dollars (for the Wells Report plus legal fees) later, all that was accomplished was a foolish look and the loss of some serious clout.

More to come.