Best Book I Read: Fire Season: Field Notes From a Wilderness Lookout by Phillip Connors. This was a Hard Year in Some Ways, y’all. Zora Neale Hurston once wrote, “There are years that ask questions and years that give answers.” This year was a hovering, maddening question, and reading this book during it sort of undid me in the best way possible. It reminded me that being still...
Pick Up Lines That Have Worked on Me
“Are you talking about Anne of Green Gables? [followed by any quote from the 1985 miniseries]” “I f*cking hate Terry Gross” “Who dat?!” [this only works outside New Orleans] “Excuse me, but does your t-shirt say ‘Herzog’ in the Danzig logo?” “I bet we can’t do cartwheels and make out at the same time” “Have...
Some Dates I Have Been On
Year: 2001 Setting: Humboldt County, CA I meet a Nice Guy who wears his hair in two braids and lives in an abandoned dentist’s office and stays up all night writing raps about the desecration of Mother Earth on his typewriter. He takes me on a moonlight hike. Half a mile into the hike, he goes oddly quiet. We are holding hands. His hand starts to twitch. I get that weird feeling you get...
Where there is beauty there is pity for the simple reason that beauty must die:...– Vladimir Nabokov, from “Lectures on Literature”