The Most Important Post I’ve Ever Written

  Back in the early 90s, my friend Kimberly told me one of my favorite jokes of all time. It’s simple, clean, and satisfying, and it goes like this: Kim: Knock Knock. Me: Who’s there? Kim: Impatient cow. Me: Impatient cow wh- Kim: Moo. Hahahahaha, the cow cuts you off because she’s impatient, get it?…

On Cancelled Heroes

I played Mystikal’s “Unpredictable” non-stop when I first bought it and it remained a favorite until he raped his hairstylist for stealing from him. She cashed checks from his account without his knowledge; he took two bodyguards over to her place and the three of them filmed each-other in the act. There was no “he…

Writing Memoir is a Kick in the Ass

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” – Robert Frost As a Musical Theater major I participated in an acting exercise called The Chair.  In it, a plush chair sat alone in a dark room, illuminated by a single, bright light.  One by one, everyone in class sat silently in the chair.…

Recommended Reading: Roxane Gay, “Hunger”

The first line of the marketing letter that comes with the Uncorrected Proof of Roxane Gay’s Hunger reads, “Dear Bookseller, What you have before you is not an easy book to read.  But I guarantee that as soon as you start, you won’t be able to put it down.”  Both things are true. Hunger is an open…

Recommended Reading: J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy”

Scotch-Irish is somewhat of a misnomer, as people who claim the ancestry have little to no Scottish blood.  They’re primarily folks who left England and resettled in Northern Ireland for religious freedom in the 17th century, then left Ireland in the 18th and early 19th century in search of – yet again – religious freedom (Presbyterian,…

Recommended Reading: Roxane Gay’s “Difficult Women”

R.I.P. Aaron John Curtis, 10/16/72 – 2/19/17  Cause of death? Reading Roxane Gay‘s “Strange Gods,” the final story in her most recent collection. All of the stories in Difficult Women have appeared (“in slightly altered form”) in various publications before they were collected here, and I imagine that readers who have experienced these stories individually…