Wow, I really let this thing fall by the wayside over the past month or so. I guess I’ve just
been too busy; real life has been pretty real lately, so to speak. Since I graduated last May, life has been a bizarre mix of fast paced and dramatic and incredibly dull. I’ve lived in six different places and I’ve held four different jobs (I know, right?!), culminating in a five-month bore-a-thon in my hometown. However, all of the pieces are finally coming into place, and (though my time at home was certainly regenerative and I’m sure I’ll look back on it fondly) I’m finally, finally moving out.
The most exciting thing, I guess, is that I nabbed a part time correspondence job with a literary agency! I’ve been working for two weeks and I’m already targeting authors, pitching books, and moving toward my own list. Plus, the offsite nature of the job means I’ll never, ever have to make copies or get anyone coffee and I have so much freedom to get things done in the way I want. The downside is that it’s not full-time, but I LOVE the work I’m doing and the real responsibilities that I’m given.
The job is beyond portable, but I ended up being lured to Pittsburgh by absurdly, even confusingly cheap rents (the room I’m staying in from April through June is $150 per month), a couple of great friends who call the city their home. The fact that Michael Chabon’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh was my first favorite contemporary litfic book certainly didn’t hurt, either. Plans on visiting the Cloud Factory are already in the works. So yeah! I don’t know how long Pittsburgh will hold me, but the next year or so should be different and exciting. I’m happy with my life right now and the way the future looks, and this is the first time I’ve been able to say that without at least a couple reservations in a longer time than I’d like to admit.
I’m moving at the beginning of April, and I’m done with my current job on Friday, so I have two empty weeks. That means that if you’re in NY, Philly, DC or anywhere in between, I want to see you before I move out there. Yes, you. Let me know if you want to chill, because though Pittsburgh is in PA, it’s a heck of a drive and I realistically won’t be back here very often.
As far as this blog goes, I’m not going to feasibly be able to take that giant stack of old magazines to Pittsburgh with me, for concerns of both space and the preservation of the collection. Eh, I guess the whole magazine thing never really got off the ground anyway. So, I suppose this will become another borderline-narcissistic urban twenty-someething blog. But really, that’s what it has been all along (minus the whole urban thing, of course) so I hope you continue to check back once in a while! I’ll update more often, I promise.
Before I sign off, here are a couple videos from Kurt Vile. After finding his new album, his music is all I’ve listened to lately. I mean, it might be related to the fact that his discography is the only music currently on my computer (I’m a mac now wut wut) but it’s really, really good. I might be going to see him and J Mascis before I move. Here’s hoping.