P.J. Morse

P.J. Morse

Writer of funny mysteries. As in funny ha-ha, not funny weird.

On The Best Time I Got Kicked Out of My Punk Band

@sunsoda Same here. I used to think that if a person had the same taste in music, then we had to be utterly simpatico. I met some real hosers that way. I'm a little older, a little wiser, and better at judging people based on their overall kindness rather than what's on their streaming playlists.

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 7:21 pm 0

On The Best Time I Got Kicked Out of My Punk Band

Fuck Good Charlotte, and find some people who like Sleater-Kinney.

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 7:20 pm 1


When I first heard about Patty was back in the news, I was all excited because I thought it meant John Waters had a new movie out. Eh. I'll settle for the fact that she has a pretty puppy.

Posted on February 19, 2015 at 12:57 pm 0

On Totally Real and Not Made Up Excerpts From Kim Gordon's Forthcoming Memoir

One more:
"To this day, whenever I see Billy Corgan in some godawful viral
wrestling video or on the cover of a tacky cat rag, I pull out my
vinyl of 'Crooked Rain Crooked Rain' and put 'Range Life' on blast."

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 5:35 pm 1

On What Is It, Jessica Williams Day?

Oh, I love watching "Daily Show" correspondents grow. Every single "Daily Show" correspondent has a growth spurt when they go from mirroring the styles of other correspondents to finding their own humor style. Williams just took off this year, and now I get all jazzed when it's her turn to be on the show that night.

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 4:53 pm 0

On Excellent, An Ayn Rand Musical

A circus in an Ayn Rand musical ... wait ... aren't the performers going to need safety nets? And isn't that against the whole Rand nutbag ethos?

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 4:03 pm 0

On Are You Normcore?

@Rubyinthedust Good point. At first, I thought normcore was just a phrase for wearing a uniform -- same style of clothes in a bunch of different colors. I've rocked that look for years.

I just wish they would call "Normcore" the "Seinfeld style" and get it over with.

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 9:05 pm 0

On Are You Normcore?

@stonefruit Regarding your Docs, you are smart. I've had my Doc boots for years, and they are as sturdy as ever.

As one of my coworkers said, "Don't change! Don't you ever change!"

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 9:02 pm 0

On The "Do What You Love" Problem

I started out doing what I love (teaching), and I often felt like it was being turned against me. No one came out and said it, but I always felt like I had to prove how much I loved my job by not fighting for my own rights, like benefits. What on earth is that about?

Now, I'm in a job that I don't love quite as much as helping people learn. I'm lucky in that enjoy my job, but if anyone ever hints that I'm not loving it enough and that I have to "prove" something to them, I give them an eyeroll.

Hours, pay and benefits come first. Sounds harsh, but it's true. If you have a good job with reasonable hours, then you have a better chance of doing what you love in your spare time. It's not guaranteed, but at least you have more control.

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 7:36 am 0

On Internet Work and Invisible Labor: An Interview With the Fug Girls

I am jazzed about this series, as I have thought of starting my own site more than once. Boy, am I glad you mentioned Getty and paying for images. Attention to all of those who want to start your own site: Wikimedia Commons will be your best friend! Otherwise, you will probably need to pay for images, or you will get a nastygram from the owner of the images you're using.

I have one potentially nosy question: How long did it take you guys to break even? You are role models for promotion, but whenever I've considered flying solo, but there are also up-front costs for your domain, hosting, tech support, etc.

Okay, second nosy question. Who handles your ad sales, or are you on a network?

THANK YOU for this series. I cannot wait to read more.

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 7:29 am 0