Articles from Cheeseburger Gothic
It’s been a helluva long time since I read Foundation, or tried to. I vaguely recall it being a bit… unfocussed. Or didactic. Or something.
Anyway, I don’t have fond memories of the first book, but I do recognise it earned its chops as a cultural touchstone.
It is done.
I just hit send on the first combined Cheeseburger/newsletter mail out.
Spent the day filling the new digs with things to read.
Soon enough, pointing your browser at this page will redirect to Substack.
For a while there I couldn’t remember the last time I went out for breakfast. Sometime before… all this. (Frantically waves hands around). If it seems a little weird that in the middle of a global pandemic, your maximum author here is sad for bacon, well, I love bacon. And melted cheese. And one perfectly fried egg. Even if it doesn’t love me.
“Can I have an espresso martini?” The young woman asked.
The waiter smiled, but it was a cruel and unusual smile.
“I can make you a martini,” he said. “Or I can make you an espresso. There is no way of combining those two things.”
And gentle reader he was right and she was wrong and you should be ashamed of yourselves for ever having ordered the red-headed stepchild of the cocktail world in the first place.
I had cheese, and it is gone. Certain I was that I did not finish my deliciously mouldy wedge of cheese. The delightful little strips of prosciutto, for sure. The small brick of fancy French Brie? But of course!
But hand on my heart and strike me dead for a liar, I would swear when I left the room that not only was there a solid wedge of stinky blue Roquefort awaiting my return, but an elegant sufficiency of tiny baguette rounds on which to spread it.
I was asked by Publishers Weekly to do up a list of authors and books that are rewriting the rules of science fiction. Or maybe it was space opera? Who can remember anything these days? It was before… all of this. (JB frantically waves his hands around. Again).
Anyway, below is the list, in case you were interested. Dan Moren’s Galactic Cold War Series was also on it, but I’ve written about that separately. So these guys are all that remain…
I wrote in my first newsletter that I was missing breakfast out. It really is my favourite meal to have out of home. I recall reading an interview with Tom Clancy many years ago where he described his daily writing routine as being based around the reward of a big sit down breakfast at his favourite cafe. I was insanely jealous.
So, I have been quiet, but I"ve been busy. Partly writing books and a new subscription column to make up for a pretty dire collapse in my other income. Thanks Rona! But also, partly building a new blog, or rather a new version of The Burger.
I was having real trouble finding the time to post here because I was so busy everywhere else. It was really getting me down.
I"d also been struggling with what to do about my mailing list/bookclub.
And then I thought.