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Occasional literary links, amusements, culture, politics, and rants

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September Greetings

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:27:54 +0000

  Hope you’re all getting by — not a given in these times, I know. I see it’s been a very long time since I updated here, so I thought I’d post a little dispatch from my bunker of hurricane worry in Queens. Today Catapult featured my most recent Tiny Letter, “Notes From a White Supremacist.” Nicole […]

Pigs, Hogs, Unwanted Tax Expertise, and Trump

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:49:46 +0000

Some readers asked if I would consider making my latest newsletter dispatch public, so they could link to it. So I posted it at Medium. It’s about, among other things, how I briefly became a tax lawyer (like and unlike my father), and how important it is for us, in politics, always to keep one […]

Daily Actions

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 22:16:29 +0000

I can’t say the results of the election took me by surprise. Worrying that a Trump win could be coming didn’t dull the horror of the reality, though. I’m trying not to give in to despair and not to let myself be distracted by the daily onslaught of his racist appointments, trammeling of civil rights, and blatant […]

Tiny Post about Tiny Letters

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:56:29 +0000

Lately I’ve been focused on unpacking, meeting the birds and trees in the nabe, writing my book, and doing my other job. I’ve been disinclined to take on much beyond that, but yesterday I sent my first Tiny Letter since January, and it felt good. After a couple years of erratic dispatches, I think I’m going to […]

Goodbye, Brooklyn! Hi, Queens, hiiiiiiii.

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:30:55 +0000

I’ve lived in Brooklyn since 1999, longer than I’ve lived anywhere else, even Miami. It’s been good in many ways but also difficult for me. City life tends to exacerbate my anxiety. I’ve missed living near wild green places. I’m sure I’d have a much harder time leaving New York than I realize, but I’d be happy to […]

Talking with Alexander Chee about The Queen of the Night

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 22:58:36 +0000

The publication party for The Queen of the Night, the magnificent second novel by my dear friend Alexander Chee, is tomorrow night at McNally Jackson. I was stunned and so happy when he asked me to discuss the book with him there. Alex and I became friends before I read his first book. An instant easy understanding was […]

I, Rodent: Humanized Mice and Mousey Humans

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 18:15:21 +0000

I wrote about science and self and wanted and unwanted rodents: I, Rodent. This is probably the strangest essay I’ve published to date. I like it a lot.

Thank You, Best American Series

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 21:56:54 +0000

I keep meaning to mention that Best American Travel Writing 2015 is out and, as promised, it includes my short NYT Mag essay, “A Doubter in the Holy Land.” I’ve been reading my way through the collection and finding so many great things I missed when they were published last year, including Rachael Maddux’s “Hail Daton.” Today my […]

On the Discomfort of Talking About Meditation

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 17:00:13 +0000

It’s strange to talk to friends, especially old friends, about meditation, even when they ask about it. It’s been so helpful to me, and I’m glad to share my experience when it might help someone else, but I’m also by nature averse to proselytizing. I really don’t ever want to hearken back to the fundamentalist kid […]

Dreaming Nelson’s short stories

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 15:00:24 +0000

Something that made me sad, then happy, then sad after my friend Nelson died was finding our email exchange about how he wanted to start writing again. And thank you for thinking me a writer, or at least having the seed — I know that having the chops requires craft.  And craft requires time, sweat […]