The Grateful Wretch

Paul Ford has his picture taken.

The Grateful Wretch 1: Pre-shoot
I must be doing something right.
Monday, February 11, 2002
The Grateful Wretch 2: Facing the Camera
A photo session.
Sunday, March 10, 2002
Notes from a Road Trip
Oklahoma, Memphis, and Bucksnort, Tennessee
Wednesday, May 8, 2002
The Sacred Womanhood of Brooklyn
Respect and fear while waiting for the gym.
Monday, June 10, 2002
Lucky Ducky Purgative
Working that orange alert out of my system.
Friday, February 28, 2003
Game for Small Sounds
A piece I wrote with words of one sound each. No more, and of course no less (or else there'd be no sound at all).
Tuesday, February 12, 2002
Anticipated Essays
An experiment, in which I write things over time, slowly, perhaps, eventually, the slowest writing ever.
Monday, February 4, 2002
3 sections.
Life in Terkels
Measuring your life as a ratio to Studs
Thursday, February 7, 2002
Fragmented Year
I keep a file called messages on my computer that holds all my phone conversations, story ideas, quotes, and phone numbers. I add to it as the days go by, when I'm working. It's over a year old, and 32,000 lines long. This is a collage made from bits of it.
Wednesday, February 13, 2002
Afternoon of Albums
Reflections on the music I listened to this afternoon, and the afternoon albums of two friends.
Friday, June 14, 2002




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About the author: I've been running this website from 1997. For a living I write stories and essays, program computers, edit things, and help people launch online publications. (LinkedIn). I wrote a novel. I was an editor at Harper's Magazine for five years; then I was a Contributing Editor; now I am a free agent. I was also on NPR's All Things Considered for a while. I still write for The Morning News, and some other places.

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@20, by Paul Ford. Not any kind of eulogy, thanks. And no header image, either. (October 15)

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10 Timeframes. (June 20)

Facebook and Instagram: When Your Favorite App Sells Out. (April 10)

Why I Am Leaving the People of the Red Valley. (April 7)

Welcome to the Company. (September 21)

“Facebook and the Epiphanator: An End to Endings?”. Forgot to tell you about this. (July 20)

“The Age of Mechanical Reproduction”. An essay for TheMorningNews.org. (July 11)

Woods+. People call me a lot and say: What is this new thing? You're a nerd. Explain it immediately. (July 10)

Reading Tonight. Reading! (May 25)

Recorded Entertainment #2, by Paul Ford. (May 18)

Recorded Entertainment #1, by Paul Ford. (May 17)

Nanolaw with Daughter. Why privacy mattered. (May 16)

0h30m w/Photoshop, by Paul Ford. It's immediately clear to me now that I'm writing again that I need to come up with some new forms in order to have fun here—so that I can get a rhythm and know what I'm doing. One thing that works for me are time limits; pencils up, pencils down. So: Fridays, write for 30 minutes; edit for 20 minutes max; and go whip up some images if necessary, like the big crappy hand below that's all meaningful and evocative because it's retro and zoomed-in. Post it, and leave it alone. Can I do that every Friday? Yes! Will I? Maybe! But I crave that simple continuity. For today, for absolutely no reason other than that it came unbidden into my brain, the subject will be Photoshop. (Do we have a process? We have a process. It is 11:39 and...) (May 13)

That Shaggy Feeling. Soon, orphans. (May 12)

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Tickler File Forever, by Paul Ford. I'll have no one to blame but future me. (May 10)

Time's Inverted Index, by Paul Ford. (1) When robots write history we can get in trouble with our past selves. (2) Search-generated, "false" chrestomathies and the historical fallacy. (May 9)

Bantha Tracks. (May 5)

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