While I was away, I had the chance to do some thinking. I’m going to admit—I’ve been conflicted about continuing this blog. Mostly because I hate working for free. I’m morally opposed to the idea of writers working for free. I told myself I’d continue, and thought about all of the things that don’t work—subscriptions, for example—and I thought about selling ads, which can work. I thought about all of those things. I thought about them and stopped thinking about them and then got home and walked into my move to a new apartment, where I discovered my furniture doesn’t quite cut it in my new house. There’s just not enough.
So, I’m putting one of my ideas to work. One of my favorite bars in Berlin is a place where you can donate what you think the wine is worth. If you’ve ever read this blog and it helped you in some way, or you had fun, or you perhaps figured out how to do something you didn’t know how to do before, if I helped you make a decision you needed to make about getting an MFA or about your own writing, or even if it just kept you company— if you ever thought, I want to buy that man a drink— then, consider throwing in.
What’s going to happen is that I’m going to use the money to buy a piece of furniture in direct relationship to the amount of money I get, because I thought it would be cool if I had a piece of furniture in this new house that came from this blog. My Koreanish dining room chair. Or, my Koreanish couch. My Koreanish lamp, to read under. I’ll photograph whatever it is I’m able to buy with the results and post it here, in two weeks time. I’m hoping for a sofa, but I know it could be a bottle of Jim Beam for my liquor cabinet. It’s all up to you.