Dispatches and speculations from the American roadside.

March 12, 2015

Decree #1 on the Democratization of Art

A manifesto written by Mayakovsky, Kamensky, and Burlluk on March 15, 1918.

February 20, 2015

Enchanted Desert

“They’ll challenge each other to walk ten miles into Death Valley without any supplies. They wager money on it.”

January 30, 2015

Midnight at the Veterans Hospital

Snapshots from the first week spent with my father at the Veterans Hospital where we would wait nine months for a lung.

January 30, 2015

The Dead Man’s Line

People in other countries take hostages for political reasons. Americans do it for real estate.

January 30, 2015

Isadora Ain’t Foolin’ Me Any

“If she goes pulling off her clothes and throwin’ them in the air like she did in Boston, there’s gonna be somebody getting a ride in the paddy wagon.”

August 3, 2014

Reverberated Crying

A dusty ballad plays in a grand old ballroom filled with tailored men and elaborate hairdos.

February 27, 2014


Richard Powers

June 15, 2013

Televised Memories

My first memories are drenched in yellow and orange. This is a side effect of being born in 1977, a time when images possessed an overheated and slightly nauseating aura.

April 19, 2013

She Watches Eli Lilly at Midnight

From the rooftop of a cheap hotel stained with weather and time, a woman gazes across the city at the global headquarters of Eli Lilly & Company.

December 4, 2011

A 21-Gun Salute for My Grandfather

In 1941, my grandfather drove across the country to see the World’s Fair. There were no highways, the car broke down constantly, he slept in fields, and he said it was the best trip of his life.

November 25, 2011

Retail Creep

When my father called my grandfather at the retirement home, there was often confusion. “Why are you calling so late?”

July 31, 2011

Do You Remember New Orleans?

One night I found a cassette tape at the bottom of a shoebox while cleaning the attic. The label said Jim Reeves Roast, June 1978.