December 27, 2017


Snapshots of the places I read and write. Despite my best intentions, my desk is always messy, an uneven terrain of the books, photos, notes, and riff-raff that make a life. These are landscapes that I want to remember. Indianapolis, 2013. My writing desk during a five-week residency in Indianapolis. Books that I brought with […]

September 27, 2017

Vinyl Portraits

I still remember the night I hit twenty thousand words with Miles Davis on the hi-fi. Vinyl sounds better. More importantly, it cements my memories.

September 27, 2017

Saturday Night

Niland, California. Half-past midnight on the edge of the Salton Sea. “Everything is a mystery and I’m just a small part of it,” she said. “Maybe that’s all I need to know.”

March 3, 2017

Some Strange Region of the Universe

The surreal vistas of Iceland amplified the sensation of living in end times, an effect enhanced by brutalist churches that looked as if they belonged to alien gods.

September 3, 2016

Fripp and Eno on the Hi-Fi

The glorious sound of power lines humming on a Saturday night long before the age of pixels and screens.

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.

February 20, 2011

Krewe du Vieux

Krewe du Vieux taught me about the heat of crowds and the barriers that crumble when everybody crams together in the streets to play dress-up with a backbeat.