OMFG—It Has Been 10 Years There’s nothing like a party to round out the decade

Do you, any of you, have social anxiety? That weird thing that makes you dread something that’s supposed to be a great time, even though you know intellectually you’ll probably have fun and forget about yourself once the shindig actually starts? The perverse instinct to cancel and run and hide with some ice cream and TV even though everybody thinks …

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Come One, Come All: It’s Time To Get Toasted! Tell Us Your Terrible Toast & Win Knock Knock Stuff!

  Hear ye, hear ye. We would like to propose a toast . . . to toasting! This ancient practice is not only one of mankind’s all-time greatest excuses for drinking, it’s also the subject of our newest book, Toasted: The Civilized (and Uncivilized) Guide to Raising Your Glass. I absolutely loved working on this book. Not only did it …

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Nostalgia Isn’t What It Used To Be Head Honcho Hello for July 2012

I am nostalgia prone. I am also future prone. What I am not is in-the-moment prone. Why would I want to waste the opportunity to obsess on the past and the future by being here now? If my past is any indication—and it is, because of nostalgia—then the only way for me to deal with the present moment is by …

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Knock Knock’s Summer Reading List: Part Three Between the Stacks

Here at Knock Knock, we’re not “regular bookworms”—we’re literature zealots. We’re ravenous book lovers, devouring novels, newspapers, magazines, and RSS feeds on a daily basis, and end up still asking the reading gods for extra helpings. So in our newest feature, “Between the Stacks,” we’re delighted to share our own reading recommendations and reviews. Tonight’s the official start of summer, …

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The “Dirt” on “Slake: Los Angeles” Literary Magazine It's Our "Show and Tell" Feature!

As you know, we at Knock Knock are passionate lovers of pencils, paper, and printing presses. I was therefore thrilled last Friday to attend a party for Slake, a new Los Angeles literary quarterly that proudly exists only in paper form. That is, it exists only in real life. Slake started in summer 2010, and is currently on its fourth …

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Knock Knocker Scribblers: Jamie Stern, Writer and Editor! In It for the Money

“Knock Knocker Scribbles” is a column under our “In It for the Money” category, where you can get to know the Knock Knock team—from creative to sales to logistics to . . . everything! Each week, someone in the office fills out a questionnaire. They are given a day to complete it to their liking, with scrawls, scratch outs, doodles, …

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Knock Knocker Scribbles: Erin Conley, Managing Editor! In It for the Money

“Knock Knocker Scribbles” is a new column under our “In It for the Money” category, where you can get to know the Knock Knock team—from creative to sales to logistics to . . . everything! Each week, someone in the office fills out a questionnaire. They are given a day to complete it to their liking, with scrawls, scratch outs, …

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Good Night, Davy Jones Flotsam and Jetsam

Last Saturday was cold, and I stayed at home to do laundry and clean house. For company I had The Monkees DVDs playing all day in the living room. It was excellent. As I discovered, it’s difficult—nay, impossible—to sustain any really respectable ennui while The Monkees is on all day. I decided that this would be my new thing—The Monkees, …

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Complex (Like a Lion) Simple (Like a Lamb)

KISS—“Keep it simple, stupid.” Not my forte. I like things that have complexity and interest to them, and you may already know that one of my mottos (and I say “my” because successive Knock Knock writers and editors are delightfully more terse than I am) is “Why use fewer words when you could use more?” Even if you don’t know …

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It’s National Handwriting Day! Is Cursive an Endangered Species?

Today’s National Handwriting Day (and John Hancock’s birthday), so grab a pen and favorite Knock Knock notepad to celebrate! A short video to celebrate National Handwriting Day.   Appropriately enough, over the weekend, a few friends and I were at a restaurant and tried distracting ourselves from boredom and hunger by comparing our handwriting on a napkin. After a few …

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