This is Mickey Mouse stuff!

08. June 2011 here now 5
Shirley Jackson. She was my debate teacher. Debate, for some reason, was part of the regular curriculum in 7th grade. After class, a group of us sat in a circle on worn-down student desks that were all a slightly different shape. The wooden tops creaked open to reveal old gum and carved graffiti. I eat ...

Pop Life: Say Goodbye

02. June 2011 here now 5
E. wants a summer anthem, and I have a couple of options, but what kind of summer do we want? What kind of summer would each song summon? The summer I worked with E., I lived in North Adams, just outside of Williamstown, Mass. I shared a house with a fabulous redhead who went by ...

LAX / Mazatlán

27. May 2011 here now 4
All of the seats in the waiting area are taken so I sit on the floor near the garbage cans. But then a man in shorts and a cowboy hat walks by and says, “Road block!!” He was talking to his wife. But still, I get up. The flight at the next gate is leaving ...

Scratch that.

25. May 2011 here now 0
Yesterday, I read the Louis Menand article in The New Yorker about Sartre and Beauvoir.  It ends with this line: Though her affairs, for the most part, were love affairs, it is plain from almost every page she wrote that she would have given them all up if she could have had Sartre for herself ...

Part III: Billy Joel Epilogue

20. May 2011 here now 4
Since that night, Annette Roque and Matt Lauer have had three children. During her last pregnancy in 2006, Annette filed for divorce. But then she took it back. They went through counseling. This is all public record—I never spoke to them again. In 2010, the tabloids published more rumors of an affair and a split. ...