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The Postmodernist At The End Of This Book

September 5, 2014

(I posted a version of this piece a zillion 7 years ago. Republishing it now, because I just posted a list of my favorite books on Facebook, and this explains at least one item – maybe two or three – on that list.) Books. Today we shall reflect on books. Not about books that you [...]

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Do You Want To Build A Fairy Tale? On Frozen and Folklore and the Burden of Cynicism

September 2, 2014

‘A lot of people felt that the world had grown too cynical for a sincere fairy tale.’ So says John Lasseter, at the beginning of a behind-the-scenes/making of documentary on Frozen, in explaining why that movie very nearly didn’t get made. Although he doesn’t mean to, he also, in this one statement, provides a possible [...]

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On Getting There, Someday

August 27, 2014

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday. — A. A. Milne I haven’t yet had my biopsy. Which is fine, mostly, for now. It took some work for me to get to fine about this, but it was a weird process, made complicated by the fact that I am Canadian [...]

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Above Us, Only Sky

August 18, 2014

There’s always a moment, when you’re climbing very big rocks, that you look down and say ‘oh, shit.’ Sometimes you say those words out loud, sometimes the words just fly around in your head like trapped butterflies, but either way the feeling is the same: you’ve just looked down, and you’ve seen how far there is [...]

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She’s Gonna Ride These Wild Horses

July 28, 2014

When I was 11 years old, I stole a horse. Actually, it’s probably more accurate to say that I borrowed the horse — I had every intention of returning it — but still: I took a horse that did not belong to me. There are laws against that. I stole the horse because I wanted [...]

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Sometimes, You Live The Story As You Tell It

July 24, 2014

This is play, truly. This is what “watch me be the sunset Daddy!” looks like. This is the rejoinder to the complaint that life is documented more than it is lived. For us, it’s both, all at once. We write our story, and tell it, and sometimes the telling shapes the writing, and sometimes the [...]

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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words, But Sometimes You Need A Thousand And One

June 27, 2014

I have a section on this site called ‘Instagrammatica.’ It’s right over there under the ‘Pictorial’ tab, and it’s exactly what you’d expect it to be: a feed of my Instagram photos. It’s been there for a few years. I look at it sometimes, and it’s nice, but it’s not as as nice as my [...]

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Dispatches From The Epic Everyday

June 24, 2014

When I lived in New York City, I did many of the things that you’d expect one to do while living in New York City. I took my kids on long walks in Central Park. I developed an appreciation for New York pizza, and New York bagels, and black and white cookies, and Shake Shack. [...]

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On Mama Bears And Fear And The Terrible Question Of What Would YOU Do, Really?

June 19, 2014

HLN called me the other day and asked if I would comment on this terrible story. It really is an awful, horrible, ugly story, and one that I would ordinarily prefer to not comment on, in large part because it’s the kind of story that I don’t even want to think about. But it’s also [...]

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The Monster In The Closet, Redux (Or, It Could Have Been Me)

June 17, 2014

It’s been almost four years since I originally published this. I’m posting it again for a couple of reasons: one, because Katherine Stone has been fundraising for this tremendously important cause and so it’s been top of mind, but the kind of top-of-mind that I keep trying to push down, because there are ghosts here, [...]

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