In “our current political climate,” the weather is no longer small talk. I wrote an essay on what we talk about when we talk about the weather for Ploughshares this month. Read it here.
I visited Vonnegut’s slaughterhouse in Dresden and wrote a love letter to my hometown, Schenectady, New York. Read the full post here.
I wrote on the slow time of fascism. The essay features George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia, Natalie Ginzburg’s Winter in the Abruzzi, and Prague’s own Operation Anthropoid. Read the full text here.
I wrote about the relationship between being unsafe and feeling unwell in the wake of the U.S. presidential election. Cameos by Chalotte Perkins Gilman, Richard Wright, and Simon J. Ortiz. Read the essay at the Ploughshares blog.
Inspired and terrified by the legacy of Paris’s 1931 Colonial Exposition, I wrote a blog post on the real and literary capacities of the aquarium. My visit to the Palias Porte Dorée and the work of Haruki Murakami, Dunya Mikhail, Julio Cortázar, and Robert Lowell. Read it here.
I wrote a short essay on the forgotten story of Olive Oatman, binge watching bad TV, and seeing ghosts. You can read it here.
This essay on window gazing (when distractions become obsessions) appeared recently on the Ploughshares blog. Cameos by poets Alicia Ostriker and Carl Sandburg, photographer W. Eugene Smith, and theorist, Michel de Certeau.