Creative Writing


Some Notes on My Writing History

  • I wrote lots of warped poetry and prose during elementary school and high school. Some of it was even good. (Most of it was for classes.)
  • One of my poems appeared in some sort of anthlology while I was in high school. I have no clue which one it was anymore.
  • When I was in college, I spent for years as a writer for Caltech's newspaper, The California Tech. I also spent a year as a co-editor of The Tech. (note: need to update link)
  • I spent two years as one of the editors of Caltech's literary magazine, The Totem. A couple of my written works and art also appeared in this venue. (need to fix this link too).
  • Starting at some point and ending October 1999 (when the magazine in question folded), I was a writer for Interact, the online magazine run by CollegeWeb. I mostly don't remember which of my works appeared there.
  • Lotus, The Fire Blossom was published in the October 1999 (Vol. 19, No. 5) issue of Polyhedron.
  • The original version of "So You Want to Be a Scientist?" appeared in Beverly Hills Weekly.
  • The poem "Chaos" appeared in 3am Magazine in 2002.
  • Obviously, I have also published a ton of scientific papers. I have a different page for that stuff.
  • I started a blog in October 2005.
  • My first book, Legends of Caltech III: Techer in the Dark was published in May 2007. My co-editor is Autumn Looijen, a former fellow Tech Editor.
  • Calling London (The Volcano Song) appeared in Stranded (published 9/03/10). I also had a small note and a picture in the same magazine.
  • Autumn Looijen and I will hopefully eventually write Legends of Caltech IV, though we could really use somebody to take up the reigns. (We have lots of notes, partial stories, and leads to stories to help with the production of the book.)

  • A Few of My Literary Works (roughly in reverse chronologial order)

  • Calling London (The Volcano Song) (4/21/10)
  • The Condensed Matter Song (2/14/10)
  • 88 Lines About 44 Mathematicians (10/18/09)
  • Coming Home (a short story constructed of song lyrics and one song title [from a song that didn't have lyrics], as determined "randomly" by loading up iTunes and using the 11 songs it played, 2/17/07)
  • Caltech Laboratory Animals Discover Secret to Life, the Universe, and Everything (04/01/06) (plus a couple of reactions to this prank). [Note: both of these links are dead.]
  • A Mathematician's Battle Cry (06/26/04)
  • Physics Haikus (05/21/04) (one about Poincare' --- I think the untitled one --- appeared in APS News)
  • Pulitzer Prize Awarded to Cvitanovic (04/01/05) (another prank)
  • CNS Recruitment Flyer (another prank)
  • Two Romantic Paragraphs About What I Do (02/07/04)
  • A Beautiful Summer Day
  • Chaos (published in 3am Magazine)
  • Witticisms for a Rainy Day
  • Dictionary Definitions for a Modern World
  • Mathematical Defitions of Triviality
  • So You Want to Be a Scientist? (version that was published in Beverly Hills Weekly)
  • So You Want to Be a Scientist? (newer version)
  • Letter to Time Magazine (considered for publication but not published)
  • Announcement for a Fake Conference on Semiclassical Analysis (another prank)
  • The Art and Science of Programming VCRs and Getting Appliances to Explode
  • Camsta's Paradise
  • Waiting for Sanity: 2000 Election Edition
  • The Bills
  • The Weather
  • Last Will and Temperament
  • Procrastination
  • Georgy at the Bat
  • The Ten Worst Things About Teaching Science Courses Underwater
  • Life Is...
  • Video Games: The Scourge of Society
  • Bill Clinton: The Next Candide
  • The Fight of the Century
  • A Massless, Frictionless World (published in The California Tech and later in Interact)
  • The History of the World Through Mathematics
  • A New World Peace
  • Ode to Immaturity
  • Lotus, The Fire Blossom (a version of this was published in Polyhedron in October 1999 [Vol. 19, No. 5])
  • Expectations
  • Mathematics and Spam
  • A Life in the Day of Humanity
  • Confusion
  • Everybody Wants to Solve the World
  • Everybody's Free to Study Mathematics
  • A Typical Day in Graduate School
  • Happiness
  • Why?