Dear FB,

02. October 2011 here now 3
Admit it. When you change the site, you have an equation that predicts the socioeconomic profile of every annoyed user who will leave. Each vaguely annoying shift purges the unwilling, those refusing to shape themselves to the technology instead of letting it shape them. Admit it. With every change, you monitor us more closely. We ...

Sunset at Dawn

25. September 2011 here now 2
Friday is bright, with cumulus clouds piling over the mountains, the kind of light that makes you notice things. I notice that an actor has just plastered the telephone poles in my neighborhood with black and white postcards of his headshots. RIK MARTINO. He looks stereotypically Italian, in his forties or fifties. On the back ...

Insomnia

18. September 2011 here now 6
Track 1) The brain is grooved. It is like the needle won’t lift and go to the next track. Track 2) Will H. even recognize record players? I remember the smell of my father’s LPs in the credenza in the living room. Like old books, but sweeter. Chopin and Hair the Musical and all of ...

The Babysitter

12. September 2011 here now 3
Last night, I took care of our friend’s child. It was like a vacation. He went to bed so fast it was like black magic. I kind of hate our friends now. No, not really. Just a little. I grew up taking care of other people’s kids. One summer before college, I took care of ...

Upon Buying A Medicine Cabinet at IKEA

06. September 2011 here now 3
The Ikea problem comes to a head in the bathroom section, where I have what I can only describe as an existential crisis. Who am I? Has it come to this? What does this medicine cabinet mean? The crisis is not allayed by my awareness, as my friend J. likes to say, that this is ...

Resurrect and Re-enter

29. August 2011 here now 4
We stayed in a bed and breakfast in Wales that was also a farm: A pair of amicable pigs with wet snouts, bunnies in cages, palomino donkeys up on the hill.  Black bantam chickens and a pair of handsome copper roosters ran free in the yard. A pleasant dog named Sweep greeted us every morning ...

Dear 17 Year-old Self,

04. August 2011 here now 14
The fictional American version of high school inhabited by Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy and John Cusack simply does not exist. I know this is hard for you to hear. But you will never wake up and just be Samantha Mathis in Pump Up The Volume. embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Pump Up The Volume trailer ...

Cocktails: Part II — Bacchus

29. July 2011 here now 1
Bacchus commands that everything be hard For him who abstains from wine, and Bacchus says The troubles that wear away our days are not Made easier by any other means. This is Horace, translated by David Ferry, on the god of wine. Dionysus: god of fertility, harvest, ecstasy, god of “personal delivery from the daily ...

Cocktails: Part One — Recipes

18. July 2011 here now 0
I welcome the return of classic cocktail, and I enjoy recreations of the bartending culture we destroyed with Prohibition. But I am not a purist. I see no reason not to improvise, infuse, muddle. It’s not a living art if no one is experimenting. Memory is in your nose. Escape is in your tongue. Societies ...

Drive All Night

07. July 2011 here now 3
I used to want to check out every diner up and down NY-22 and I-90. I remember one that rose up off an embankment as you came around a bend, a curve of silver windows like the hull of a spaceship, behind five foot-high neon letters: DINER. It was somewhere between Williamstown and New York. ...