The Dim-Post

June 16, 2016

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Filed under: Uncategorized — danylmc @ 3:25 pm

I had four of my wisdom teeth out yesterday, so I am at home living on smoothies and chocolate sponge pudding and trying not to dribble blood everywhere. Also, I wrote this essay on my book for The Spinoff.

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  1. How does the toilet scene in your new book compare to the toilet scene in Spike Milligan’s Puckoon? I ask because my reading back log is so great i am never likely to read either of your books.

    Comment by Robert Singers — June 16, 2016 @ 3:36 pm

  2. I am sending you a digital posy of Love Lies Bleeding. Congratulations on the book and goodbye to those teeth!

    Comment by Sharon Murdoch — June 16, 2016 @ 3:37 pm

  3. Great essay at The Spinoff. I enjoyed reading it, and I’ve got the book in mind to give to someone later this year.

    Wisdom teeth: I lost a kilo when I got all four of mine out. They were very heavy teeth.

    I made this comment a couple of weeks post surgery to the surgeon who took the teeth out . He said, “No, it would have been because you weren’t able to eat as much. The teeth only weighed a few grams.”

    Sigh.

    Comment by Deborah — June 16, 2016 @ 3:54 pm

  4. I had one our recently, so do not envy your four. I was surprised that the pain kept getting worse until day 5, then quickly got better. I’d’ve thought it would start lessening pretty much straight away.

    Comment by Brent — June 16, 2016 @ 4:11 pm

  5. born without them – dont know if that makes we more or less wise of course

    Comment by framu — June 16, 2016 @ 4:40 pm

  6. 1. Opened book at random, started laughing. Packed away to take on holiday

    2. Had wisdoms done at 21. Hope you don’t grind your teeth in your sleep. I did at that age: ripped the gums open & woke with blood all over the show.

    Comment by robhosking — June 16, 2016 @ 4:58 pm

  7. I made this comment a couple of weeks post surgery to the surgeon who took the teeth out . He said, “No, it would have been because you weren’t able to eat as much. The teeth only weighed a few grams.”

    Sigh.

    Given the quality of the spicy pumpkin soup and chocolate sponge pudding I made today, I’m not going to have this problem

    Comment by danylmc — June 16, 2016 @ 5:28 pm

  8. Remember wisdom teeth erupting (sidewise) and have been much more sympathetic to teething babies ever since

    Comment by Ray — June 16, 2016 @ 8:26 pm

  9. That was an excellent essay

    Comment by Mdzw — June 16, 2016 @ 10:16 pm

  10. The Spinoff piece really was super interesting, thanks.

    A.

    PS Have you read Neal Stephenson’s ‘Anathem’? He explores Platonism in a scifi setting. Flawed but awesome IMO

    Comment by Antoine — June 16, 2016 @ 10:35 pm

  11. My first flat was in Raroa Rd. Having moved from Auckland to do 1st year at Vic.

    I recall being somehat ill prepared for the damp and cold. But there was a good supply of psychedelics and Tinakore hill was a magically place.

    I didn’t sit any exams but did read Wittgenstein, ponder Godel and make friends I still have. And luckily stumbled upon de Beauvoir rather than Rand.

    Still fascinated by the mysterious relationship between maths and the universe – made even more mysterious now it’s a multiverse.

    Comment by NeilM — June 17, 2016 @ 12:30 am

  12. I lost several years to a black hole of poverty and insanity, trapped in a cold, dark hovel on Raroa Road making terrible quality music, designing and publishing weird zines, and futilely trying to develop social network software derived from my own esoteric visual/diagramming idiolect that I later discovered was a naive and misshapen caricature of directed graph data structures.

    I vaguely remember more than one person in Aro Valley back then (Y2K) claiming to have invented the concept of what would later become MySpace or Facebook. But everyone was too stoned and hated capitalism too much to achieve anything.

    Great essay, and really makes me want to read the book, though the framing and vibe seems disturbingly close to my own life.

    Comment by Mark Rickerby (@maetl) — June 17, 2016 @ 3:15 am

  13. Have you read Neal Stephenson’s ‘Anathem’? He explores Platonism in a scifi setting. Flawed but awesome IMO

    I have. I think it would be just about the best sci-fi novel ever, except for all of Stephenson’s stupid neologisms. He does it again in the second part of Seveneaves.

    Comment by danylmc — June 17, 2016 @ 6:00 am

  14. I felt that Anathem needed several months of ruthless editing to be The Best Ever. I wondered if he had another project to be getting on with, and decided to send off Anathem to the publisher before it was ready. This however is pure speculation.

    I thought Seveneves would have been better if the second part was simply omitted entirely. Or replaced with a 1-page far-future epilogue, just so you know it all turns out all right in the end.

    Comment by Antoine — June 17, 2016 @ 6:12 am

  15. Aw, I loved his neologism “deolaters.” I wish it was a real word.

    Comment by Psycho Milt — June 17, 2016 @ 7:20 am

  16. I haven’t finished Seveneves. It felt like an attempt to mine 60/70s SciFi for something to adapt into a TV series. Oddly my eleven year old had bought it on Amazon and read it. I asked him what he thought and he said “nothing really happened”.

    Comment by Robert Singers — June 17, 2016 @ 9:14 am

  17. Dear host,

    You just didn’t grok that hoopy frood.

    FM

    Comment by Fooman — June 17, 2016 @ 9:34 am

  18. @Robert

    If you enjoy sci fi, I do recommend reading to the end of the first part. The pace picks up and I found it very gripping, spine chilling even.

    But probably put it aside after that.

    A.

    Comment by Antoine — June 17, 2016 @ 10:06 am

  19. It was a fabulous essay on The Spinoff and made me strongly inclined to read your book.

    Comment by CarolS — June 17, 2016 @ 11:39 am

  20. @Antoine I am currently reading Looking Backward: 2000–1887 by Edward Bellam; giggling occasionally as I imagine it helping form the political views of some of the dimposters.

    Comment by Robert Singers — June 17, 2016 @ 11:54 am

  21. ” I had four of my wisdom teeth out…”

    At the risk of being accused of pedantry: you have four only.

    Comment by D'Esterre — June 17, 2016 @ 7:12 pm

  22. @D’Esterrie to raise the pedantry bar may I kindly remind you about hyperdontia.

    Comment by Robert Singers — June 17, 2016 @ 7:32 pm

  23. Robert Singers: ” to raise the pedantry bar may I kindly remind you about hyperdontia”

    Pouf! You’re drawing a long and very pedantic biological bow there. In my experience, it’s pretty rare, even in the anterior part of the arch; posterior supernumeraries are even rarer. I’ve seen a few of the anterior variety, no molar ones that I can recall.

    Danyl would be truly special, were it the case that he had a selection of extra molars, of which four were extracted.

    Comment by D'Esterre — June 17, 2016 @ 9:49 pm

  24. Enjoyable essay, thanks. I laughed out loud (but not at the bit about the depression) so will seek out the book and add it to my copy of the first one. My VUW abode was in Levina Ave, off Epuni St and yes, mould grew on the inside of the walls as we were on the shady side of the hill – like most of Aro St? The rent cost was defrayed when we constructed a mezzanine floor in the corridor by installing a double bed frame just beneath the ceiling. It’s probably still there.

    Comment by McNulty — June 19, 2016 @ 1:44 pm


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