Journal

Dispatches and speculations from the American roadside.



December 22, 2020

Stimulus

A billionaire was on television this morning, and he’s worried about our social fabric.

December 21, 2020

Hibernal

Heavy rain beats against the windows and it’s the longest night of the year, one of my favorite moments.

December 20, 2020

Postmortem

How would knowing that consciousness lingers while the body goes cold change the way we reckon with death—or bear witness?

December 19, 2020

Programming

I absorbed so many forms of 1980s sitcom trauma.

December 18, 2020

Fracture

“But I’m working on a special microchip that will block the signals of all demons and devils,” he said.

December 17, 2020

Death

An elderly man collapsed against the base of a Bernini.

December 16, 2020

Flurries

Maybe it has to do with the silence it brings, how it tranquilizes the world for a while.

December 15, 2020

Reflection

There were days when our images were honored, even feared.

December 14, 2020

Mundane

I’m reappreciating the joy of mundane events this year, the delight in everything happening as expected.

December 13, 2020

Vaccine

They gathered in Washington DC to wave flags with the president dressed up like Rambo, slicked with sweat and carrying a belt-fed weapon.

December 12, 2020

Narrows

I feel more present in the world at midnight, most like myself.

December 11, 2020

Numbers

Three thousand Americans are dying each day from the coronavirus, and two hundred thousand more are infected.