A Soundtrack for the Strange & Profound Beauty of Difficult Times, pt. 1

When the time comes – and at the pace pop culture moves at, it’s already happening – the great novels, movies, music, and other works of art set during this time we’re in won’t be about COVID-19. They’ll use the pandemic as a backdrop to tell stories against.  The story of the virus that has …

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Thanksreading 2020: Postscript In Praise of Piles

Thanksgiving has come and gone for another year.  Turkeys were carved. Pies were sliced. Leftovers were crammed into the refrigerator. And now America fights two plagues at once: COVID-19 and the inescapable sound of Christmas music everywhere. Every. Where. That said, why am I still working on a Thanksreading piece? That’s easy. I didn’t do …

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Thanksreading 2020: The Un-bear-able Lightness of Reading

Something was wrong. It was the winter of 1985-’86, and I was really sick. Like, REALLY sick. I missed weeks and weeks of school, made numerous trips to different doctors and specialists, and filled countess tubes of blood for testing. What was the diagnosis? There wasn’t one. We still don’t know what was going on. …

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