A Little in Love with Everyone

Charleston is the city that showed me how to be gay.

An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom

One can easily imagine what a self-styled renegade like Bolaño would admire in a figure like Baudelaire.

Coming of Middle Age with Ursula Le Guin

Le Guin gave me a gift 27 years ago, and I’m only now understanding how precious it is.

The Official Merit-Based Immigration Test Study Guide

An excerpt from The Official Merit-Based Immigration Test Study Guide (College Board, 2018).

Feeling It Even More

Though I wouldn’t ever wish to re-live middle school or high school or even college or last week, I still have these Dolores O’Riordan songs on repeat.

The Cult of Relatability

All through 2017, I found myself in the year’s art with ease.

The Oort Cloud

Much like the vast clouds of experience that coalesce into identity, there is no clear way of gathering the many points of intersection among the three movies made by Abe, Teshigahara, and Takemitsu.

The Last Village of Words

Gass’s suggestion that the monstrosity of the Shoah could easily arise from much smaller gestures of hate no longer seems, in the present, like a trivialization of genocide—it is a field guide to the unchecked regions where only anger can find reliably fertile ground.

William Gass, Prophet of the Midwest

Gass saw all this coming from the vantage point of the Midwest. Perhaps the flatness and lack of skyscrapers allowed him to see farther.


I’ve become someone who hates to let things go.