We Americans

This Fourth of July, the words that are echoing in my mind more than any others are the lyrics of "We Americans" by The Avett Brothers, from their recent album Closer Than Together. They beautifully capture the cognitive dissonance I feel about being an American, and even made me tear up the first time I … Continue reading We Americans

Media of the moment

An ongoing series on books, movies, and music I’ve encountered recently. Songs for Singin' by the Okee Dokee Brothers. My eager anticipation was rewarded with this double-album's worth of characteristically clever, catchy, and joyful tunes. I may have teared up during “Jubilation”. The Last Temptation of Christ. Sure, there are few regrettably '80s moments and … Continue reading Media of the moment

Statues and Star Wars

In an email thread about the controversies surrounding the removal of statues, I suggested we relocate all statues to museums and use the space for parks and Little Free Libraries. But that's destroying history! First Amendment! Statues aren't history, as this Twitter thread by Elle Maruska articulates well: Statues are mythology. Statues are hagiography. If … Continue reading Statues and Star Wars

Feet stuck in the muck and eyes trained to the sky

I’d never heard of the poet Timothy Murphy until reading about him in the Prufrock newsletter that mentioned him after his passing. He specialized in poetry about hunting, something I've accumulated an amateur's worth of experience in over the years. Intrigued, I checked out his book of poetry Hunter's Log: Field Notes, 1988-2011 from the … Continue reading Feet stuck in the muck and eyes trained to the sky

An ‘Unorthodox’ Harmony

It's good to know that even in quarantine, my old friend synchronicity can still visit me. I watched the Netflix miniseries Unorthodox after reading the review from Vox's Alissa Wilkinson and am so glad I did. Based on the true story of a young ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman fleeing her community in Williamsburg, it's just four … Continue reading An ‘Unorthodox’ Harmony