Columns & Essays

A few selections from The New York Times:


And elsewhere . . . 

screen-shot-2017-01-17-at-10-35-42-amThe Washington Post: Learning From Our Mistakes “That’s how it works: Children repeat our mistakes, because they aren’t born with their parents’ formative experiences baked into their brains. I’ve been thinking about this as I read the news lately. Just as children don’t come into the world knowing everything we know, humanity doesn’t always move forward with the lessons of the past intact.””

Screen Shot 2016-10-27 at 9.04.52 PM.pngThe Washington Post: Teaching Girls to Save Their Own LivesI thought about the things we trade away to get what we want, what we need. How often women accept their situations out of fear of repercussions or even simply fear of being seen as ungrateful or greedy. It should not be so difficult to verbalize, ‘I’m going to do something different,’ or even, ‘I’m going to do something big.’ We have to be able to say these things out loud, put them on paper.

photo-credit-heidi-ross-4The Washington Post: This Shop’s Walls Can Talk (In 140 Characters) “That’s the strange thing about voicing a nonhuman entity run by humans: I speak for all of us and as none of us in particular. Mostly I speak for the shop itself, as if it were a living thing — a magical talking library, a fairy-tale mirror.”

Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 5.06.05 PMThe Los Angeles Times: It’s Not the Celebrities You Mourn For — “In The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion wrote that ‘when we mourn our losses we also mourn, for better or for worse, ourselves. As we were. As we are no longer. As we will one day not be at all.’ Anticipatory grief over public figures not yet dead is something else. In asking these celebrities to eat their veggies and stay healthy, we’re saying, ‘Don’t take one step closer, Death. Stay right over there.'”

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 8.31.37 PMProximity Magazine: Lobsterman (nominated for the Pushcart Prize) — “Tell me this: If someone asked you, ‘What does Mike drive?’ would you say, Mike drives a red bus? Or would you say, a red bus? I bet you’d say a red bus. Otherwise, you’re wasting words, right? No sense being redundant. Alas, my teacher did not agree. I got an F in writing, but I stand by those sentence fragments. Economy of words.”

squeezeStill in Rotation: Squeeze 45s and Under — “The music you listen to when you’re old enough to know what love and sex and relationships are, but too young to understand how they really work, is a Rosetta stone of sorts – a key to deciphering a language you don’t yet fluently speak.” 

dangerSometimes It’s the Stranger Who’s in Danger — “This one goes out to the guy in the elevator who has no idea how close he came to being mauled to death by two small children and their babysitter (who is actually their mother but is so youthful in appearance and demeanor, I’m sure you thought it was their babysitter). This is for you, sir.”