Emissaries of the Past

I suffer from the delusion that time does not exist, or that we’re (I mean all of us) caught in some elaborate flux undone through contact and kindness. In this way, we are always the person we thought we were in the past. Right now, I am learning to look …

Some spiritual writings

ARTICLE Crescendo aubade ARTICLE Memorable leaves (Catapult) ARTICLE Inevitable (Catapult) FEATURE Failure and hope (Catapult) FEATURE Open heart (Catapult) FEATURE This must be the place (Catapult) ARTICLE Rumgumption (Catapult) ARTICLE Thin place (Catapult) This is a site I used to write occasional pieces for and it has since ceased publication …

Bovary Annotation

The literary style of Flaubert is on supreme display in his classic 19th century novel, Madame Bovary — here are some of my favorite moves and annotations from my third read of this remarkable book.  The novel takes place in Yonville, France circa 19th century. It is a backwater tableau …

The Fall

Knausgaard’s Autumn isn’t so much a book to read cover-to-cover in one seating, but rather a companion you converse with over a season. Meant to be the inaugural volume of four matching the seasons, Autumn revels in the natural world by way of small essays making of the profane a …

Woolf & the Diary

Anything of importance should be written down to be conserved. Not everything is traceable, not everything has a flashpoint, a crater; a flag planted, a voice in the incessant chorus of history. Chatter dies, syllables on the page last, if only longer. So much is lost, if there are no …

Garage/Sale Fragments

Garage / Sale Fragments 1. Better than a sundial Tables at a garage sale 2. She turns over glass, reads History painted by factory workers Long ago on her family farm Running through the living Room chasing invisible birds Shaking the wood floor with footfalls Thunder, rattling cats and china …

For the Poets

Here’s the thing Tea cup tendrils  kitchen window light  I’m not a story Teller of ancient family secrets Unearthed by me Dog slumbering by the fireplace Not going to tell you How to live your days in bliss Rather simply Point this out Or that and leave  It at that …

Here Now

Hannah Arendt on remembering: While remembering we exit the present. Live elsewhere.   Hannah Arendt in her volume on thinking The Life of The Mind states that memory stores for us what is “no more” And that this is only possible, in a modes of imagination – making present what is …