Journal

Dispatches and speculations from the American roadside.



June 10, 2021

Oryx and Crake

After a virus collides with technological hubris, the last person on the planet wanders the ruins, seeking refuge from the unbearable heat. Oryx and Crake harmonizes with our latest heatwaves to an unsettling degree.

May 13, 2021

Northbound

How do you prepare to live in science fictional times?

May 9, 2021

Mahjong

Two games later, she said something to me that roughly translates as “you are still breathing but you have no strength.”

May 7, 2021

Southbound

The landscape of mattresses, exploded tires, and orphaned vehicles along the shoulder. The overwhelm of America all at once.

April 28, 2021

Fellini’s 8½ is a head-scraping and memory-swirled portrait of the judgment and shame that comes with creative effort.

April 25, 2021

Shadowbahn

In Steve Erickson’s Shadowbahn, the Twin Towers reappear in South Dakota, wholly intact and without explanation.

April 24, 2021

Double Feature

Nightcrawler and Bringing Out the Dead

April 23, 2021

Shock G

I grew up with Digital Underground. I copied the cartoons from their albums into my middle-school notebooks and I memorized their lyrics; my brain still carries them around thirty years later.

April 22, 2021

Shot

A late April snowstorm blew through Ohio last night, quick and heavy.

April 8, 2021

L’Avventura

“Our myths and conventions are old,” said Antonioni. “And everyone knows that they are indeed old and outmoded. Yet we respect them.”

March 19, 2021

Some Terrible Paintings

Looking at these paintings, it’s hard to believe I’ve been sober for eight years.

February 10, 2021

Temptation

I’m attempting to read Gustav Flaubert’s The Temptation of Saint Anthony.