Dispatches and speculations from the American roadside.

October 20, 2021

Hunter’s Moon

Mojave desert. Sunset: 6:00pm. There’s a full moon tonight, and we pulled over to watch it rise.

October 19, 2021


Phoenix. Sunset: 5:48pm. After looping through its grids for a solid two hours without feeling like the scenery had changed, we checked into a Ballardian hotel along the interstate.

October 18, 2021

Vegas Tableau

Las Vegas. Moon: waxing gibbous, almost full. Scrolled past an abandoned baby stroller and a bottle of champagne on the median of Dean Martin Drive.

October 17, 2021


Las Vegas. Sunset: 6:01pm. Shocking skies with a high of 83 and a low of 50 degrees.

October 16, 2021

Night Flight to Vegas

Thirty-nine thousand feet over the Rocky Mountains. Night flight into the desert.

October 15, 2021

Ecco Homo

Sunset: 6:15pm. A sunny Friday with a high in the 80s, and it’s startling to see Christ looking so human, so plain.

October 14, 2021

The Last Ritual

Sunset: 6:16pm. Moon: Waxing gibbous. The first rituals began to make sure the sun would rise each morning, and I often wonder what the last ritual might be.

October 13, 2021


Sunset: 6:18pm. A high of 70 degrees and 84% humidity. Spent a late night at the cemetery chapel, tending to the responses to After the End.

October 12, 2021

Future Church

Sunset: 6:20pm. A late spring day in October with a high of 72 degrees. More and more, I admire the imagery of Catholicism as a vocabulary of mourning.

October 11, 2021

So Much Noise

Sunset: 6:20pm. A first-quarter moon. A high of 72 and another humid night that feels like the wrong season.

October 10, 2021

Almost Nothing

Sunset: 6:22pm. The clean winds of autumn have yet to arrive. I’d like to read Herodotus someday.

October 9, 2021

On the Tracks

Sunset: 6:24pm. Cloudy with a high of 66 degrees and a low of 57. Everything feels like a metaphor these days.