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Last Build Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:41:44 +0000


Tiny Post about More Frequent 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 […]

Max’s “Render” Anticipated by NY Times

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:48:35 +0000

Friday was a super-sad day. But one really nice thing: at the airport on the way to our friend’s memorial, we got to pick up a copy of The New York Times with a mention of Max’s latest. “The Brooklyn artist Maximus Clarke addresses a surveillance society in ‘Render,’ three panels with human figures that have […]

Travel in peace, old friend

Mon, 10 Aug 2015 21:12:40 +0000

    Nelson Almeyda, one of my best friends, died today after living with cancer for more than a year. He was one of the most big-hearted people I’ve known, one of the funniest, sharpest, most expressive and most beloved, and also one of the most private. He was in fact so private about his […]

Grieving on the internet

Sun, 09 Aug 2015 19:36:02 +0000

  There’s something beautiful about grieving on the internet, all of us offering up our losses to each other, hoping to be touched and understood by each other when we’re at our lowest and most vulnerable, and there’s also something strange about expressing grief here. No matter how true and deep our sadness, when we […]