Tag: Essay

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My Misspent Youth

Life and debt as a young writer in New York.

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Home for the Holidays

Surviving a trip to see the family for Thanksgiving.

“How I envy people who enjoy the company of their parents without the aid of pharmaceuticals.”


Reprinted from for the Holidays and Other Calamities.

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Fascinating Fascism

On a book of photographs shot by Leni Riefenstahl in the 1950s and 1960s depicting an African tribe.

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The Original Gone Girl

On Daphne du Maurier and her novel, Rebecca.

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Life Atop Ground Zero

The rebirth of the World Trade Center.

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Why I Write

An essay on motivation.

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Disaster Aversion

The quest to control hurricanes.

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The Bull on the Mountain

A hike gone terribly wrong.

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On Self-Respect

An essay on understanding our character, worth, and limits.

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Writing From the Black, Twitchy Place

A fiction/essay hybrid on the lies of storytelling.

"This stuff you don’t recall so much as suspect. Usually dark, not-so-nice things you think you could have witnessed, or had done to you, or – even worse — did unto others. Maybe there’s even a dim recollection – your cousin Johnny’s gray eyes with the bottom half flooded for instance, or your mother’s grim little smeared-lipstick smile, or the sound of your sister throwing up on the other side of the bathroom door. But really, these things are so shadowy and faint you can’t be certain of any part of them. You’d have forgotten these ghost-memories a long time ago were it not for one thing that seems completely unrelated and it’s this: there’s a dark and oversensitive stain on your heart."

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My Father’s Fashion Tips

The writer on his father's religious devotion to personal style. Among the maxims: "the turtleneck is the most flattering thing a man can wear"; "there is nothing like a fresh burn"; and "always wear white to the face."