Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
2008.08.14 : Non-Stop Fun! (Pt 4!)
Filler, And The Indispensable Polly Esther

Few of you will recall (few indeed probably even noticed at the time) that Suck.com was the web's first daily publication – and, up until its tragic and era-ending demise in 2001, the web's longest-running. You may snigger at the name; but know that its founders, Carl and Joey, actually wanted to name it something worse – only the InterNIC wouldn't give them the domain name. The rest is Net.history.

Anyway, for years and years, Wednesdays on Suck was Filler – a comic odyssey hosted by our heroine Polly Esther (AKA Heather Havrilesky), and including the adventures of a giant evil Canadian crack-smoking rabbit, a commitment-phobe called Mr Flinchy, a huge array of dissolute urban hipsters, men and women to avoid, and many more unforgettable characters. Themes include dating, the tragically hip, Internet ennui, Generation X, mild mental illness, holiday hellishness, literary pretensions, alcohol and other psychic painkillers, annoyingly consequential life choices, the working life of new media pissboys, bitterness, and hyper-cynicism. Heck, let's face it, she pretty much defined the age. Here are a few to cherish.

And as a final extra-special bonus, here are my two all-time favourite ass-kicking Suck daily columns: Anemic Analysis and Find Your Own Road.

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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