I Hate This! Blog

Hate is a strong word, and it’s also a strong internet traffic generator.  Given the popularity of my previous post, Hate Poems, I decided to write another post about hate, an apparently popular subject.  My search for hatred lead me to a blog called I Hate This! Blog, a place where anyone can go and rant about whatever it is they hate. 

Funnily, the site is not a dot com, but a dot org, an extension usually reserved for community service type websites.  I guess voicing your hatred online can be therapeutic and keep you from acting it out, so maybe that’s where the community service comes in.

Here are some things people have recently posted their hatred for:

One poor guy hates his ex-girlfriend so much, his message had to be posted in 8 parts!  While I’m at it, I’ll add my own thing I hate to the list…

I hate when they advertise a show on television while you’re watching that show.  Yes, I know it’s a good show:  that’s why I’m watching it.

If you want to be posted on the I Hate This! Blog, write to the editor at editor@ihatethis.org.  Or, just leave a comment to this post, and tell me what it is you hate.

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Vaughn-O Doesn’t Write Poetry, People

I came across this website by someone named Vaughn-O.  He really really doesn’t like poetry.  If you say he does, it will make him angry.

“Why do people seem to think that I do poetry? Do I radiate some kind of poet’s gayness or something?…Recently, I went through some of my old school books from years ago. I read through some of the poems that I had to write and thought to myself, ‘Did I really write these? Man I’m gay.'”

Read the entire piece at the website.

Take a Bite into the New Weird

Last post. End of my week long spree of guest blogging about random things. Thanks everyone for reading!

I want to close with a few thoughts about reading, since this is, predominantly, a site “for people who like to read.”

First a question: Do you read for comfort or is it to challenge yourself?

Think about your answer for a second.

I know that you’re probably wondering why comfort and challenge have to be mutually exclusive. Can’t one comfortably challenge oneself?  Isn’t that, perhaps, what makes reading so great? Yes, indeed it is. But it’s the level of each that matters, I think.  If you’re reading for comfort above challenge, then you’re probably like one of those dog trainers in their clumsy giant outfits, wearing so much padding they can barely realize that the dog has attacked, let alone tried to bite into them.

You should feel it when a book bites you.

I write horror fiction because I like to stir things up a little bit. I like to catch people off guard; indeed, I will try sometimes to attack the foundation of their “guard” to begin with, if I’m doing it right. If I get a gut reaction — a palpitation, sweat response, or gag reflex, a laugh, an evil chortle, or even simply an eyebrow lift — then I’ve probably done my job. Horror’s goal is to frighten, yes, but I want to argue that it is also by nature provocative in some way. It challenges your assumptions about reality and order, power and reason, life and death.

And this is why it’s scary. Not because the monster is attacking a poor innocent character. But because the author has the audacity to make us believe that such unthinkable monsters exist and would do such unthinkable things with some unthinkable purpose in the first place.

Horror writers think the unthinkable.

This is why some people would never even touch a horror novel by an author who is unfamiliar or unpopular (ergo, to them, unsafe). This is why horror fiction — if you weren’t aware of it — isn’t fairing too well in the literary marketplace. People want comfort in these desperate times of war and terrorism. But I think too many people confuse “comfort” with “the status quo.” Horror not only challenges (often in a discomforting way) but it also often offers up alternatives in the process. Zombie stories about the end of the world typically involve characters who have to reinvent their own society to deal with the threat that surrounds them. Vampire hunters have to use crafty and extreme ways to impale their own kind of terrorism from the vamps among us. Horror is art which gives shape to the shapeless, and in that way — through its challenge — it can also comfort us in reminding us of the resiliency and creativity and sheer drive to survive in humanity. In treating the inhuman and inhumane, horror calls what we assume about the human and humane into question. But it also affirms it, too.

So read more of the weird stuff, would you? Even if you already do read a lot of horror, go out of your way to hunt down and find the outré, the bizarro, the unique. Seek out The New Weird.  Dig deep into the underground press.  Like horror and comedy?  Look for underground new horror comedies. Push yourself to find something new. Visit independent booksellers (online, like shocklines.com or badmoonbooks.com or brick and mortars like Borderlands Bookstore in SF) and seek out limited editions and chapbooks and things you’d never normally be able to find at Barnes and Noble.  Maybe it won’t be horror at all, but challenging on some other level. But whatever you do, make sure it’s a book.  Something that was a challenge for the writer, too, to produce.

Quit building your own guard rails. Push yourself off the edge — and you just might land in a new world.

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I hope I didn’t just pontificate like a blowhard up above. I like to try to make endings meaningful. And this is my last guest post at abunchawordz.

Thanks to your host — E. — for inviting me over here, inspiring me to write something different every day, and for all those wild postings about goats and other insights into poetry and literature that I got to read. This blog is exceptionally witty and intelligent and I’m happy to have played a small part in it; I hope that more readers discover what it has to offer. I also am thankful that I got to check out wordpress blogging software from behind the curtain and I’ve been thinking about using it for my own site, over at gorelets.com. We’ll see!

I’ll keep coming back. You keep writing and commenting. And do drop by my website sometime and pluck a bunchawordz off the trees over there. There’s bunches and bunches more, just waiting for you.

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Guest blogger Michael A. Arnzen is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the flash fiction collection, 100 Jolts: Shockingly Short Stories, and the novel, Play Dead. His most recent project is a spoken word cd called Audiovile. A collection of his best fiction and poetry to date — called Proverbs for Monsters — is due soon from Dark Regions Press. You can find out more about him by subscribing to his award-winning newsletter at gorelets.com.

rant.com

When searching for good online rants to highlight in the category of the same name on this blog, I found that I need look no further than rant.com.  Taking on both current events and popular culture, this publication offers serious social commentary mixed copiously with tongue-in-cheek wit.  For example:

“Breaking News: ‘Trust’ Hormone Discovered: Scientists in Switzerland and the United States have discovered that exposure to the hormone Oxytocin ’causes a substantial increase in trusting behavior – and that the hormone could be misused and exploited.’

Whitehouse officials asked to comment about the discovery stated, ‘Don’t believe what the Left Wing Media is telling you’, then sprayed something into our reporters face.'”

Now, not only can you read about what’s going on in the world without becoming clinically depressed, you may even get a chuckle out of it.  Visit rant.com for more risible ranting.

if you hate your job

Idiot coworkers, low pay, oppressive conditions, mentally unstable bosses.  We’ve all been there at one point or another.  Perhaps you’re there right now.  Share your tales of employment misery and coworker stupidity by having a nice online rant, or read horror stories from other corporate casualties.  Two sites with plenty of rant-filled reading, are fthisjob.com and workrant.com.  Here is an exerpt from the latter from Jean, a Financial Operations Rep in New Hampshire:

“There are days when i seriously cannot believe that my boss is as illiterate as he is. I’m not talking computer illiterate. I mean, reading … He literally has the writing skills of a fifth grader and should not be making a quarter of the salary that he does. It is all I can do not to return his memos and email with red pen. It bothers me so much that i’ve just stopped talking to him.”

If you find yourself looking around your office in a frightened haze, whispering, “I see dumb people,” check these sites out.  Just beware that they contain a lot of, shall we say, “colorful” words.