White Coat, Black Hat
28Sep/100

Things you will not read in Carl’s book (part 1)

"I would like to thank my youngest brother, who got me started in philosophy and now sets up my websites with nothing to work with"

Yeah, would have killed you to write that.

22Sep/100

Carl Elliott is the enemy of joy

Yeah, just joking, fucker

Yeah, just joking. Fucker.

Every couple of days, I get one of these:

Hey, little bro.  That's a funny website you got.  But . . . um, heh-heh . . . is that horse doo next to a review of my book?  Um, not sure about that . . . are you sure people can tell this is satire? </snivel>

Satire.  Yeah, that's what this is:  Satire.  Zany, crazy, madcap hijinks.  We write this stuff with a clown nose on.  Nothing horseshitty about your book, no sir.  And you wrote it all by yourself.

22Sep/100

We love Carl Elliott

Me

Me

That Carl Elliott is a genius.  A genius, that guy, and all his ideas are his own.

Happy now?

14Sep/100

Readings

Here we go again.  Apparently, we're supposed to put together some sort of speaking engagements/readings page for the website.  After all, when your book makes it to #10,000 in the Amazon rankings, you find there are all sorts of people out there hoping to bask in your greatness.

Fine.  Here's something:  Carl works in the Center for Bioethics at the Boynton Health Center on Church Street.  If you show up, he'll probably read something to you.  For tips, he might even come to your house and read it there.  Happy now?

10Sep/100

It’s flammable.

The publicity surrounding a Florida preacher's plans to burn the Qur'an on 9/11 reminds us of the visceral appeal that book-burning seems to offer to deranged, angry mobs.

Carl Elliott's book, White Coat Black Hat will be available in bookstores starting September 14.  Just saying.

8Sep/100

Mission Accomplished

Some days are just really good days.

7Sep/100

“Unbranding” opportunities

The New York Times' Freakonomics blog reports on a new marketing strategy known as "unbranding" -- upscale companies sending their competitors' goods to downmarket celebrities, as a way of damaging the competitors' brands.

Gifts to Carl Elliott can be sent to his university address, located on the University of Minnesota's website.

6Sep/100

A runaway hit!

White Coat, Black Hat is just a heartbeat away from making it into Amazon's top 17,000 books. Only 260 more to go. We are so proud.

Pick up a copy on Sept. 15 from the remainder bin of your local bookstore.

5Sep/100

The New Yorker?! Oh, for the love of God!

This week's New Yorker cover

The New Yorker

Note to aspiring writers out there:  If you ever hire (sorry:  VOLUNTEER) a family member to set up a website telling everybody how great you are, and how much everybody loves your book, and then somehow you get published in some big fancypants magazine – well, you might want to tell said Family Member about the article sometime before it disappears from the newsstands.  Your Family Member does not sit around all the goddamn day googling your name to see if anything interesting shows up.  This is what we call WEB CONTENT.  You publish something, you post it on your website, people go out and buy the magazine.  Then you can go out and use the money to buy trinkets.  Is that hard?

It’s not like the Family Member will not learn about your article eventually.  At Thanksgiving, for example, or at Christmas dinner, or every friggin time he calls home, he will hear that you published something in the New Yorker.  That’s understood.

Whatever.  Anyway, here’s Carl's article in the New Yorker. It's an abstract.  You have to pay for the full thing.

3Sep/100

This remind you of anybody?