It’s nice to see that someone is succeeding at the sorts of things I’m failing at, namely, supernatural fetus fiction and fancy fanfic.  Even if n+1 is savaging it, there’s all that Granta/NewYorker stuff to ease the pain.

In other n+1 news, “America is a country of overgrown boys, stunted and warped, who, left to their own devices, are fit to do little more than play video games, stare at pornography, and crack jokes about genitals, flatulence, and defecation.”


  1. Flatulence jokes would be a cultural upgrade.

    Thanks Matthew.

  2. Good article to boot.

  3. notrelatedtoted says

    I’m not following – both of those articles are quite old.

  4. It has something to do with NGOs. Both of these articles reference NGOs. I think you see where I’m going with this.

    • Matthew Lickona says

      Surely you don’t mean…the Bipartisan International NGO’s?

      • I think you are supposed to refer to them as the ______ International NGOs.

        Then the _______ _______ NGOs.

        I think you see where I’m going with this.

        And I think you know how to make NGO possessive and I do not.

        • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

          We should crash a church _______ _______ NGO game when (Deo volente) we’re in New Orleans.

          • Look, we got two things going on here. Maybe three. A game, a song, and an abbreviation. What I’m saying, Angelico, is that you should have referenced a _______ ________ ________ GO game, and Bingo was his name-o.

            Back to the topic at hand, that is a cool photo of that hack writer who can’t hold a candle to you, Mr. Lickona.

            • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

              Sorry to drop the ball, Ms Expat.

              Incidentally, the Ngô family might make for an epic Lives of Famous Catholics volume.

              • Indeed!

                Also nobody seems to have noticed that I tracked down a Martin Short interview about Mel Gibson over on that other thread. Martin Short is “Jewish on his agent’s side” but actually Irish Catholic. The more you know.

                • Matthew Lickona says

                  Of course I noticed. It was brilliant. But comics – oof. Hard to imagine a tougher subject. Plus, I can’t even get what I’ve got on my plate seen to. The shame of it.

  5. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    You probably tell funnier jokes than Mr Brockmeier, and you certainly have more hair.

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