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Quarantine diaries

Quarantine diaries

May 23, 2020 Time takes on a surreal quality. We have names for the people who sit in buildings across from us. Their windows give us lives we become curious about in our own isolation. There’s a topless girl to folds her laundry every Sunday, and the gamer who never moves from the couch, except … Continue reading

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

The police will show up in riot gear. Rights are not held but hard-won. (Warning: content depicts violence, viewer discretion advised; photo sources: source 1, source 2, source 3) Who gets to survive– I mean, exercise– the Second Amendment is not colorblind. In the 1960’s, the NRA agreed with disarming African American activists who protested … Continue reading

A fire like this

A fire like this

A fire like this What if we had just let the earth be the earth, never pressed our wry fingers into mistlands, marveled at our dewmarks and footprints, left dents, followed our mothers as they walked through grass, her swaying wake and swaying wake and swaying wake; she was padding down the broken stems, saying … Continue reading

snow squalls and courtrooms

snow squalls and courtrooms

It’s afternoon on New Year’s Eve, and I’m typing up the draft of an affidavit from the notes I took in the last meeting I had with this client – a human trafficking survivor. She’s seeking to vacate her criminal convictions from a bleak and traumatic time where she was pimped out and exploited across … Continue reading

The world is a small town

The world is a small town

” We need to make new symbols Make new signs Make a new language With these we’ll define the world ”                              — Tracy Chapman They say I said my brother’s name first. Then, I learned how to say, “inconvenience” and “sorry” … Continue reading

If you’ve been told life has meaning

If you’ve been told life has meaning

I think I’m ready to say something meaningful. Not that I need something meaningful to say in order to speak. And I’m not saying that if I say something meaningless, I won’t matter. But I’ve been wondering how to make meaning of everything and talk about it. So what I mean to say is that … Continue reading

Umbrellas for the sun

Umbrellas for the sun

In parts of the world where they use umbrellas for the sun, too much of anything makes the body sore. The first warm day after winter feels better than sunshine all the time. I’m flying back from Georgia into New York City and tripping across the foggy crosswalk to the taxi stand. The driver who … Continue reading

New York in April

New York in April

The man sitting in his coat at the newspaper stand handing a paper and a smile to the business man exchanging a laugh with his change after the metal food cart where the skinny man is selling coffee, croissants, those egg bagel sandwiches The corner wine chain that delivers with the high energy at 8pm, … Continue reading

unconditional love

unconditional love

It’s Sunday night, and my mother texts me, “Can I call you?” I’m about to run to the grocery store for a snack between sentences for an article I’m trying to write, so I reply, “I’ll call you in a minute.” I call when I’m heading out to the elevator because I know she only … Continue reading

Waiting for naivety to catch up

Waiting for naivety to catch up

Winter 2018-2019 New York City 30 degrees on a good day Steven looks up from the brownstone step where he is bundled in a coat. He doesn’t have a scarf on. The quarter-pint bottle of vodka beside him is half-empty but the cap is twisted on. He hasn’t been sipping it as we talk. When … Continue reading