Saving The Earth One Beer at a Time – from the calebjrossvlog archives

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Recycling is good. Drinking the beer out of bottles in order to necessitate the recycling is better.



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S. by J.J Abrams and Doug Dorst – A Lazy Book Review w/ the Booked. Podcast

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Fair warning: this is probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever done on this channel. And I’ve done a lot of dumb stuff. But you’ve been warned. Therefore, I’m free to dumb it up all the way to eleven.

I posted an initial thoughts video of S. a couple weeks ago. Now I’m back with my full review. But this one is different. See, I already reviewed the book on the November 27th episode of the Booked. Podcast. And rather than rehash my thoughts on my YouTube channel, I figure I would do what a truly lazy person would do and hire some sock puppets to re-enact parts of the Booked. Podcast conversation.

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Discussing S. by J.J Abrams and Doug Dorst on the Booked. Podcast

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Wow, that blog post title has not one, but two extraneous periods.

Last night I sat with Robb Olson and Livius Nedin of the Booked. Podcast to chat a bit about the new book S., masterminded by J.J Abrams and written by Doug Dorst. The novel is incredible unique, so rather than rehash the entire discussion I”ll rehash my final thoughts and encourage you to listen to the entire podcast episode.

An extremely unique book, both in form and execution, which forces the reader to re-imagine the very act of reading not just once, but on every page. This brilliance carries with it the potential for mental exhaustion which might deter many readers looking for something more accessible and casual. It’s not an easy book, especially if you’re a completionist who would feel obligated to follow every narrative thread, to investigate every reference, to explore the book the way an academic might. But if you can ignore much of the hinted-at hidden secrets and tangents, then you stand a much better chance of enjoying the book for what it really is: simply one narrative that acts as a conduit by which two people fall in love.

Click to listen to the full episode (Episode #183 for ef’s sake! These guys will never quit).

S. by Doug Dorst and J.J Abrams


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Problem Solved: Bad Book Recommendations

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I took to Facebook to ask my hordes of fan what problem I should solve with my video today. The world-wide problem of horrible book recommendations from non-writers came up. Of course, this is an issue of immense import, so I jumped on it.

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Horrible Book Recs



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S by J.J Abrams and Doug Dorst mid-book review – Initial thoughts just 60 pages in

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I don’t generally make a video about a book before I’ve finished reading the book. But in the case of S by J.J Abrams and Doug Dorst I felt compelled to offer a few thoughts and reactions because not since Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves have I been so taken by a new way of storytelling.



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Organ donation as a front for petty theft: Three Days Ahead, new fiction in Thuglit issue 8

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My story, “Three Days Ahead,” has been published in the recently released issue 8 of Thuglit. I’ve been reading Thuglit fairly consistently since Nik Korpon’s entry (issue 2, I believe), and have come to really like it for it’s straight-forward, no nonsense approach to crime fiction. That being said, I don’t actually write straight-forward, no nonsense crime fiction. Actually, I’ve never really considered myself a crime fiction writer at all. Many (maybe most) of my stories do contain crime elements, but as actual crime writers will probably attest, crime alone does not a crime story make.

But I had an opportunity. I originally wrote a similarly themed story that ended up being a bit of a mess. So, during a rewrite of that story I ended up with “Three Days Ahead,” which by comparison to the early version is much more focused, much more emotional, and a lot less flashy-for-the-sake-of-flashy. In other words, it was a Caleb J. Ross story. I was proud of it. The story is about a man who convinces the victim of a car wreck to portray her minor scars as proof of organ donation reception. The two then find family members of organ donators in hopes of grifting a few dollars on the emotional ruse.

Apparently Todd Robinson over at Thuglit thought it was pride-worthy as well. Many thanks to him.

Click over to Amazon to buy an ebook or paperback version of Thuglit, issue 8, containing all of the following stories:

  • MCFERRIN AND BLACK by Buster Willoughby
  • THE RIGHTFUL KING OF WRESTLING by Chad Dundas
  • EXTRAS by Mark Pruett
  • THE HIGHER THE HEELS by Patti Abbott
  • COCAINE STARLIGHT by Isaac Kirkman
  • THREE DAYS AHEAD by Caleb J. Ross
  • NOTHING TO LOSE by David A. Summers
  • NOT EVEN A MOUSE by Nolan Knight

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Watch me pee! A review of Flushboy by Stephen Graham Jones

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Flushboy by Stephen Graham Jones is my kind of book. Family dysfunction with a power element of the grotesque, in this case, the father’s entrepreneurial drive toward starting a drive-thru urinal franchise.

Buy Flushboy

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Stephen Graham Jones: http://www.demontheory.net/
Adam Johnson: http://creativewriting.stanford.edu/people/adam-johnson


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