Category Archives: Books

A year in reading (2017)

Happy New Year! From September 2000 to mid-2015, I kept a reading log. I stopped it partly because it felt a little anal-retentive but mostly because it seemed dishonest. I mean, sure, I kept track of all the books I … Continue reading

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Buster reading

I’m just returning from vacation, jumping from Phish tour into a load of work left behind at the office and at home. So, this week’s Buster Keaton post will be short, and not on a particular film. For this edition, … Continue reading

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The way I read

Over at The Millions, Hannah Gersen got the ball rolling: Several months ago, The New York Times published an essay about a 36-question interview devised to make strangers fall in love. The questions presented here are designed with a more … Continue reading

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A few haiku, from various springs

Fireflies Blinking light onto the night lawn— Ambulances gliding by The flu bug attacks my sphincter, throat, and nostrils— wasp in the spring blooms From the bouquet of pencils in my coffee mug, I pluck a ripe bloom. A chopped … Continue reading

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“Gaytonia”

Author’s note: In August 2012, I went to Long Beach, CA, to attend the memorial service of an old friend. Ted F. was the father of a boy who, at one time, was my best friend. My friendship with the … Continue reading

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“Soccer Moms”

Author’s note: This is the oldest story I’m showcasing here, originally dating from a college workshop taught by Ellen Douglas in Spring 1999. I always associate it with her, and it always makes me a little tearful to revisit it—as … Continue reading

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“Tollywander”

Author’s note: I discovered Stephen Dixon in 2002, and he’s become one of my favorite writers. For a while, I was deep in the grip of his prose style. This story is Exhibit A: Long paragraphs, domestic drama, staccato dialogue, … Continue reading

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