Dispatches and speculations from the American roadside.

February 25, 2020


Instructional videos at the train station teach me how to behave in 2020. If there’s gunfire, take cover. Silence your cellphone.

February 24, 2020


Meanwhile the television says things like “jawbone damage may occur” and “America’s most trusted home surveillance system.”

February 23, 2020


She scrolls through websites that sell protective face masks while I half-watch a conspiratorial documentary about our hyper-mediated world.

February 22, 2020


The machine says tens of millions of people will flood into Las Vegas as well as Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, and Houston.

February 21, 2020


Billboards along Interstate 90 tell me that God owes us nothing, love is an action verb, and the key to forgiveness was hung on the cross.

February 20, 2020


A man studies yesterday’s horoscopes on the train. He carefully highlights a line that says today is the day to take action.

February 19, 2020


Debate night in America. We tune in because we need to know: Who can withstand the punishment of live television?

February 18, 2020


I remember sitting in a cathedral on a snowy February morning and watching an elderly couple hold hands.

February 17, 2020


Sharks have a transparent membrane that allows them to see despite the blood and carnage that fills the water when it attacks.

February 16, 2020


The 45th parallel is the halfway point between the equator and the North Pole, and you can feel the geography shift when you see all that big pine and cold water.

February 15, 2020


Why are so many visions of the future cast in cool tones? Blues and greys, whites and silvers.

February 14, 2020


A vaguely human-shaped slab of bronze staggers into a ferocious wind, its body on fire, determined to walk.