salt of the earth

My Salt of the Earth Types

I am sitting on New Jersey Transit in the middle of the car, going to Spring Lake. I’m close to the car doors and from where I sit, I hear two men talking as they stand. These are your salt of the earth types, one…

white male

What It’s Like To Be A White Male In A Patriarchal Society

I have “privilege,” I am at the “top of the food chain,” I am poised for success. I am a white male. In a Freudian slip, I write ‘white shark,’ because that is sometimes how it feels when I am looked at accusingly, as though…

daniel adler

Slow Homecoming

Sometimes, if I’m lucky, I become aware of the earth as it exists in a continuum of space and energy. It happens anywhere, between the striated clay mountains of Southern Utah, the grassy hills of Prospect Park, or in a bunk bed in one of…

cards against humanity

Why Cards Against Humanity Should Be Renamed Cards For Humanity

A recent viral post of Jonah the Transgender Cards Against Humanity Player burning a card that read “passable transvestites” has been the subject of recent controversy. After posting the image of the burning card to his Tumblr, the creator of the cards, Max Temkin, a…

world cup

Why You Should Love The World Cup

If you know me, you know I don’t care about sports. Generally I think they’re a waste of time, a way to entertain the masses and build a tribal mentality of us vs. them. But I kind of love the World Cup. Maybe it’s the…

punjabi grocery & deli

Memories and Desire at Punjabi Grocery & Deli

Today I went out for lunch to a well-reviewed hole in the wall called Punjabi Grocery & Deli. I skateboarded to the edge of the East Village, down a short flight of stairs into a long air conditioned hallway with a food-filled counter under four…

mellow pages

Mellow Pages Reading Tomorrow 6/12/14

Mellow Pages is a lending library and literary salon in Bushwick. Matt Nelson and Jacob Perkins are the co-founders of this cozy book-filled space, and they host established and emerging writers from all around the world. Tomorrow, with a reading from my forthcoming debut, I…

gentrification in bushwick

The Ultimate Response to Gentrification in Bushwick, 2014

The other night a real estate agent, the friend of a friend, strolled into my apartment as I sat half naked over a plate of spaghetti, and after surveying our place, said that I was lucky to pay what I do for my apartment because…

d.h. lawrence

A Fragment, for D.H. Lawrence

In reading Women in Love I am struck by how D.H. Lawrence captures the unconscious sentiments of his characters. While this novel was published 95 years ago, it sounds strangely modern at times, and the following is an imagining of the Lawrencian style for the…

roberto bolano 2666

Dear Roberto Bolano, This is How 2666 Makes Me Feel

The little girl ran into the water as it crashed over her tiny body. She rode her boogie board up and down over the waves and though this was exactly what she wanted it lacked something. Her mother or father would not have been enough…