Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

22 Apr 2003, 0:45 a.m.

I read FTrain regularly. Paul Ford is a writer…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2003 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I read FTrain regularly. Paul Ford is a writer in New York and his stuff really does it for me. If I recall correctly, most of the other writers on the site are his fictional creations, so I have Mr. Ford to thank for "The time I did lines with a bunch of grad students upstate and we ran around in the woods naked firing guns at each other at random" by Scott Rahin. I don't see enough plain-English descriptions of drug use, and this one hits the spot:

His girlfriend had a station wagon and she drove us all to the top of a hill. As discussed in the car, we got out, took off all of our clothes, and did lines off the warm hood of the car, from the same bag of coke I had delivered. Then we ran into the woods while counting to 30. After 30 you could start firing.
Other good gateway drug FTrain essays include "Heloise in Hell" and "Cleaning My Room", bachelor anthems.