First Person

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My Misspent Youth

Life and debt as a young writer in New York.

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Life Atop Ground Zero

The rebirth of the World Trade Center.

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Scenes From My Life in Porn

Gang-bang buffet tables, deeply earnest 'Letters to the Editor,' ghost-writing Kierkegaard references into model bios in Barely Legal, and how a half-decade of reviewing porn eroded the thin line between the author's alter egos and self.

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Opium Made Easy

It’s legal to buy poppy seeds in America and it’s legal to plant them—unless you’re familiar with the simple process of turning them into opium, that is. Then having poppies in your garden is a felony.

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Life's Swell

On surfer girls in Maui; the story that led to the film Blue Crush.

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Coach Fitz's Management Theory

On the best teacher the writer ever had.

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Me & My Monkey

Confessions of a white-collar dope fiend.

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What Is Poetry? And Does It Pay?

A trip to the Famous Poets Society convention/contest in Reno.

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Escape to Alcatraz

On prison tourism.