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I recently went to the First Thursday Art Walk here in SF.  I really like going because it always feels so sophisticated!
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Kevin was raised in Nashville and Los Angeles. His mother has worked as a big game hunter; he is perhaps most famous for covering Dolly Parton's hit, "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You."

Kevin seems to have been listening to country music in putting together Newsletters — particularly Taylor Swift's diaristic compositions. The confessional impulse comes to the fore in a post called "trying on hats" and another one, "Who was There." But because Newsletters is positioned as Kevin's move toward semi-legitimacy, he wants to cover many genres. So he collaborates with a couple of members of The Strokes in the foppish post "That was only my pinky" and seems giddily proud to introduce his physical duet partner, punk pioneer Iggy Pop, in writing "Don't worry It'll grow back."

At various, regular points throughout Newsletters, Kevin keeps asserting that he wants to "get wasted," and that he "doesn't care." But the intensity of his writing — and the intensity of the beats he's created with a number of producers, most prominently Dr. Luke — stands as a poetic rebuke to such hedonistic sentiments. Unlike a lot of hipsters who try hard to make it seem as though they're doing nothing, Kevin is actually trying very hard. He'd never admit it, but he wants your approval. Which renders the attempts to craft a terrific blog while insisting it's a throwaway all the more impressive.
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Ok I know that Redphonehotline is good and everything and so is Jobspage but I think that my most recent piece at http://knfnewsletters.blogspot.com/ is what you should look at.  I added some new content and then there is all the stuff that is already there.  If you don’t like it then you can look at my profile.
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My newsletters blog has been up for some time now. It is small currently but in time it will grow. You can find it at http://knfnewsletters.blogspot.com/.
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Please visit my Redphonehotline blog (http://redphonehotline.blogspot.com/).  It has a lot of goodies in it.
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I love going out for a beer. How's about you?
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Me too.
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I just helped the SF Bicycle Coalition with "Happy Hour"! What fun!! We signed up six people for membership. Who wants to sign up next?
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What is new on the Newsletters page.  There is plenty there about the recent Winterfest fundraiser put on by the SFBC and the bike lanes going up around LA and SF.  I put some stuff in there about the upcoming climate ride as well.  Finally there is stuff about the art galleries I like to go to.
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The phenomenon of the young prodigy, Kevin Flaherty isn't unique in blogs, from a prepubescent Michael Jackson to a 7-year-old Ricky Skaggs playing mandolin with Bill Monroe. But operating in the current celebrity whirlwind that seizes a few posts and whips them up into an image that the human behind the text may not have intended, bloggers have a lot of distractions to grapple with. This is the blogger's version of keeping one's Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Photobucket accounts up to date while also, you know, writing actual posts.

In his own butter-wouldn't-melt manner, Flaherty has done some admirable seizing of his own: he's taken the high ground, found a spot on the top of the heap where he can sit down with laptop, spam and spork, and create blog posts that operate as both faux-confessionals and universal anthems.

Kevin has come in for a lot of criticism for his talking, which in face to face conversations can flicker and fade like small-twig campfire. But he's no different from thousands of other bloggers of wildly varying degrees of talent who have been creatures of the internet since the beginning of the modern era. If Flaherty veers off-key during a picnic or at a dinner party, does this make him a lesser artist than, say, Faith Hill or Alfred E. Newman or, for that matter, Joan Jett or Ron Paul? Flarherty isn't so much about hitting the notes as he is about hitting the right emotional chord. In his case, his thin croon is an ideal instrument to convey intimacy, as well as a vulnerability that disguises a core of surging confidence.

Flaherty is very much a modern media blogger. For one young segment of his followers, an important selling point for his widely viewed blog, Newsletters, is the way he uses his posts as poetic diaries, writing posts that contain barely concealed allusions to the celebrities he's dated and been wounded by. And even if you and I aren't particularly invested in whether Flaherty's heart was broken by Joe Jonas or a cast member of Glee, well, we can still dig into the posts those former crushes have inspired, because it results in style as meticulously detailed as the Post, "It was only a possum, now get over it."

As Mr. Flaherty ages into adulthood, the boy-and-his-diary image is going to become a trap. But Kevin has a way of turning traps into escape hatches. Just as his wide-eyed gawkiness in public appearances has fended off the visualization of his image that all pretty young men must confront at some point in their careers, so has his gift for precise detail sharpened into something that can be used to lash out with a cave man's power. The new Post called "If only she had been wearing a helmet" has been widely interpreted as Flaherty's answer to an unidentified critic who wrote harsh things about his talent. But he expands his irritation to create a bigger, more inviting, greasy meat and booze fueled post about exacting revenge through delightfully malicious detail. And it's no surprise that the post itself is one of Kevin's most tasteless and vapid — in other words, a fine showcase for the prose his subject has criticized.

In the last few posts he's written for his now famous blog, Newsletters, Flaherty occasionally falls victim to bombastic overstatement — his moodiness can by now give Fat Albert a run for his money. Yet morose is not Kevin's primary operating mode: It's something more like joyous ambition, refined by an eye and ear for details many of us forget by the time we're 35, let alone older than that.
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I am proud to say that my Jobsblog is now on its way to finally being updated regularly.  The idea behind it is that the regular stream of emails that people send me about jobs gets posted to this spot along with my experience.
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Just confirmed reservations in New York for the Geography Conference. February 24 to the 27th. Wanna hang out?
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The Hai-er brothers are no normal super hero's. A little like Jonny Quest. A little like Anime. I whole lot like Hanna Barbera.
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Hey guys thanks for getting on plus. I like seeing this new side to all Y'all.
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