Episode 53 - Meme Culture, Writing, Contemplation, and Parenting with Paul Ford, Part 2


Paul Ford.  @ftrain ; ftrain.com ; medium

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.

If you have any questions for me, I am very accessible by email. You can email me at ford@ftrain.com and ask me things and I will try to answer. Especially if you want to clarify something or write something critical. I am glad to clarify things so that you can disagree more effectively.


  • Meme culture
  • So many Buzzfeed dress articles 
  • Not going to link to Goatse or 2 Girls 1 Cup, sorry!
  • A Shit Writing Day by Paul Ford 
  • Paul Ford and Virginia Heffernan 
  • William Morris 
  • Morris goes on to extol a nicely-proportioned quill over the steel pen, and to condemn the pneumatic brush, “that thing for blowing ink on to the paper — because they come between the hand and its work, as I’ve said, and again because they make things too easy. The minute you make the executive part of the work too easy, the less thought there is in the result. And you can’t have art without resistance in the material. No! The very slowness with which the pen or the brush moves over the paper, or the graver goes through the wood, has its value.” So far, so good, but then Morris—whom I believe had never used a typewriter—concludes, a little awkwardly: “And it seems to me, too, that with a machine, one’s mind would be apt to be taken off the work at whiles by the machine sticking or what not.”
  • Men would rather give themselves electric shocks than sit quietly
  • Parenting