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Power to the Person

Power to the Person

As of today, I added something to my daily to-do list. I am calling it my DSK errand, which stands for Do Something Kind. Anyone can adopt it. DSK is in response to the pervasive negativity and unkindness of our new president. I was in such genuine existential despair the other day, after reading/hearing his… Continue Reading

Edited Lives

Edited Lives The last time I was in a store that sold trophies was probably around 1967 when I might have been with my mother as she picked up awards for the “girls” in her suburban bowling league. That I was able to find a storefront trophy store in midtown Manhattan made me feel as… Continue Reading

An Evening in Greenwich Village

On a fall evening, in the library of Casa Italiana, an Italianate-style townhouse owned by New York University, a woman named Mirella Bedarida Shapiro spoke of her grandmother and great grandmother. Her grandmother, Gemma Vitale Servadio, had written eight letters in the spring and summer of 1944 that have survived and that Shapiro had recently… Continue Reading

Ode in Prose

Ode in Prose

What I did with my summer vacation is write a poem. Those twelve lines about talking with friends at a dinner are the best record I have of having done something different. No T-shirt or mug, shard of beach glass or whelk matches the souvenir of a finished poem, especially one you get to recite… Continue Reading

My Pet Saurien

My Pet Saurien

The other day, I walked forlornly in the footprints of Saurien. He had left behind just six ten-inch-square rusty shadows seemingly silkscreened to the sidewalk. He had apparently run off, which was not surprising given that he was never leashed to a fence or, in his case, bolted to the sidewalk in front of the… Continue Reading

Tie Your Shoes

Tie Your Shoes When you attend a literary gathering, such as the annual Sewanee Writers’ Conference in Tennessee, as I have this summer, taught by learned professors from all over, one of the common variables that emerge is that of shoes. I live in New York City and even though men no longer snap on… Continue Reading

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