Scrooge Would Have Loved This

Ebenezer Scrooge hated Christmas.

“Every idiot who goes about with a ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.”

But that was back in the Victorian era, when Christmas was a small holiday that involved cheer, giving, and caroling. Not like today. Continue reading

New Essay Published in Harpur Palate

In 1996 Harper’s published David Foster Wallace‘s famous essay, “A Supposedly Fun Thing I Will Never Do Again.”

Twenty-three years later, Harpur Palate published my essay, “A Supposedly Post-Colonial Thing I Will Never Fully Regret.”

Coincidence?

Regardless, you can purchase a copy of my essay and many other good pieces of work on their website.

 

The Brothers’ Guard Review The Avett Bros. “Closer Than Together”

“The last thing the world needs is another piece of sociopolitical commentary.” That’s the first line of notes introducing The Avett Brothers’ new album, Close Than Together.

What can we say about this album? It’s halfway political, halfway personal. But maybe that’s part of the point, hence the title. It’s an intensely personal work, born out of their own private experiences and feelings, and at some point those feelings were about the news cycle. Continue reading