Shithouse rat

I'm a bipolar writer in the Naked City. I'm not playing with a full deck. I don't have all my dots on the dice. My cheese is sliding off my cracker. I don't have both oars in the water. I'm a bubble off plum. In other words, I'm crazier than a shithouse rat. These are my stories. Comments--short or long, nasty or nice--always welcome!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

"I'm so excited!!!..."

Originally uploaded by progoddess.
"...And I just can't hide it!
I'm about to lose control
And I think I like it!"

Thanks, Pointer Sisters, for representin' and helping me express my utter JOY, AMAZEMENT, AND EUPHORIA over becoming a brand-new member of onsite as "A sinister cabal of superior bloggers on music, books, film, popular culture, technology, and politics."

It's been quite awhile since I've donned my cultural critic/reviewer hat, and will give me a forum to do just that, while I continue my more personal rants here.

Since sometimes these categories cross over--and since the Blogcritics editor asked me to submit my first post posthaste--I've included an oldie there from the Shithouse archives. It's a little thing I like to call "Here's Looking at Jew, Kid."

In future, I'll either double-post my entries on the Shithouse too, or provide a link to its location on the Blogcritics site.

Hope you'll check out my very first Blogcritics entry and leave some comments there (and/or here) as well!


At 8:29 AM, Blogger elvira black said...

More info about the award-winning Blogcritics site can be found here--with a link provided for those who might be interested in joining up too.

At 8:52 AM, Blogger Justine said...

You go grrl!

At 10:22 AM, Blogger !ce said...

You seem to be neglecting your own blog comments.

At 11:50 AM, Blogger elvira black said...

Thank you, girlfriend!

Ice, Ice, Ice:
I can always count on you for those totally RELEVANT, unerringly SUPPORTIVE, completely un-SELF-SERVING comments, can't I?

PS: You seem to be neglecting your own blog!

So there.

Everyone else:
If you've left a comment and I haven't replied yet, and you actually care (or even if you don't) , I will reply asap. You know the Shithouse guilty comment whore drill.

At 12:08 PM, Blogger John said...

Hi there, good post and an enjoyable read,

See you again soon

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Swifty said...

Congratulations on being recognised as a Blogger of note. Not that I'm surprised. I don't know if you remember, but the first time I commented on your blog it was in reference to the richness of its content and of course, the volume of the posts (not necessarily signs of a writer, but when these thoughts are as well organised and intelligent as yours, it's a dead give-away). I was awestruck.

As a relatively recent blogster, and 'writer' (my writing since being at school has been confined to 'technical' essays as a mature student studying Politics and Philosophy) whose ideas sadly need prising out with a crowbar and vaseline, I can only look at what you do and weep - that's the reaction of a perfectionist with little talent. I'm a dilettante, I have to admit. That's all. But still, how am I to improve, if I can't recognise the good stuff?

Great blogging.

At 4:07 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

thanks for linking to my pic!

At 5:49 AM, Blogger elvira black said...


Er, thanks...though the fact that none of your three blogs seem to be real leads me to believe (now hold on to your hats) that you are a spammer. But what the hell, I'll take any thank-you I can get.

At 5:54 AM, Blogger elvira black said...


Now cut that out! Flattery will get you everywhere--lol.

I think you are an excellent writer and thinker. I was crushed when you took down your old blog and didn't add back your old writings--though I do love the new design.

In the interests of fairness and clarity, let me just say that becoming a Blogcritic is not in and of itself a difficult thing to do. Anyone interested can sign up, as far as I can see. I think the important factor is a commitment to post regularly there--at least once a week--and get involved in the site as much as possible. So if you're interested, just follow the link I provided.

I also hope some of you will check out the essay in question and leave a comment there if you're of a mind to. But then again, how much Elvira can anyone take in one sitting? lol.

At 5:55 AM, Blogger elvira black said...


Thank you--that is an awesome photo, and I thought it fit in perfectly.

PS: not to sound, like, gay or anything (not that there's anything wrong with that) but if that's your photo, you have the most gorgeous eyes I've ever seen.

Ewww--did I just say that? I sound like a perv!

At 8:07 AM, Blogger Swifty said...


It's only flattery if it's dishonest or completely groundless :-)

I've read the essay, but I need to go back to it, especially the raging debate within the comments. I have to admit, I was overwhelmed, specifically by it's 'Jewishness', and felt like an interloper. I might comment though from this 'outside' perspective, at the risk of being severely beaten around the head.

At 10:09 AM, Blogger elvira black said...


Raging debate is a Jewish specialty.

But seriously, I have to keep reminding myself that not everyone lives in an area overrun with us Jews. I hope you'll add your views to the fray.

At 10:10 AM, Blogger Brink Craven said...

congrats E!
I knew that eventually you would be discovered and we'd end up having to share you with the rest of the world-- Oh man! Keep up the good work (you're really on a roll!) and stay in touch...

At 11:28 AM, Blogger elvira black said...


Awww, thanks, B! I haven't really been discovered so much as TRYING to get myself discovered by hooking up with a website that gets a HUGE amount of traffic (lol). But it also happens to be a terrific site.

As for you, I know you've already been discovered by your Profs--who know a great thing when they see it--and I'm sure your beautiful paintings will be out there for all to see soon enough! I know what you have up on your blog is just a small sample of what you've been producing, but it is stunning stuff!

So glad things are going so well for you--that's what having good karma reaps! I'll drop you another e-mail soon to see what's up...

At 7:49 PM, Blogger ariadneK, Ph.D. said...

Tag, my darlin''re it! :-)

Hmmmm; I need to come up with another scary picture for you soon, don't I?!?


At 11:14 PM, Blogger Maggs said...

Congrats. Just stopped by from Dan's site...

At 12:20 PM, Blogger artdetective said...

Congratulations! Your enthusiasm for bloggery is paying off. :)

Will check it out ASAP.

At 12:36 PM, Blogger dan said...


It's always nice to not only have an opinion, but know someone wants to actually know what your opinion is!

At 5:14 PM, Anonymous paula said...

Congratulations, Elvira. I read the article, I loved it.

At 11:24 PM, Blogger mrshellonheels said...

Wooohoooo way to go!!!!! You rock!
Now I have that song stuck in MY head. LOL guess that is fair.

At 11:38 PM, Blogger SafeTinspector said...


At 7:46 AM, Blogger elvira black said...


Gee, thanks for tagging me...thanks a LOT! (lol). OK, I've done it! It was fun!

At 7:50 AM, Blogger elvira black said...

maggs, artdetective, dan, paula, mrshellonheels, safetinspector:

Many thanks! It feels really nice to have my blogpals rooting for me.


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