Friday, March 31, 2017

"A Life Story" published at Entropy

On March 29th, Entropy published my essay, "A Life Story," which looks at a recent health scare of mine through the lens of the idea so well expressed by Joan Didion that, as she wrote, "We tell ourselves stories in order to live." My new essay relates the frustrations of medical uncertainty to the idea that we expect life to proceed as a story and feel disappointed when our lives fail to provide climaxes and resolutions.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

"Für Bess" published at Catapult

Seely Road as seen from above, via Google Earth.
On March 6th, 2017, Catapult published my essay, "Für Bess: On Neighbors, Music Parties, and Growing Up," a reflection on the street where I grew up and on how one of my neighbors there, an amateur pianist named Bess Kaliss, brought the neighborhood together through her "music parties."