how to be content

How to be Content

1. The Beginning of Discontent There comes a time in the evening, after nine or ten o’clock, when I cannot force myself to do any more “work” for the day. I have read my quota, and written for about the same amount of time; if…

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…Where I Settle Into Derangement

Yesterday I was in a cafe where a woman I went to college with was sitting across the room from me, the girl I named the female antagonist in my book after. I wondered if I would talk to her; she clearly remembered me because…

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Last Night I Was Nebuchadnezzar

I, Nebuchadnezzar, son of Nabopolassar, have conquered lands far and wide, from the Great Sea in the West to the Gulf in the east, from Nineveh in the North to Ur in the South, along both Tigris and Euphrates, but of all my cities, my…

how i learned to play stickball

How I Learned to Play Stickball

Before we moved we stayed with my grandfather for a few days in the Bronx. I can’t remember if we had already sold our house or our new house wasn’t ready, or they had to truck our cars across the country and this had something…

50 best films of all time

My 50 Best Films of All Time

This best films of all time listing started when I was 14, and I discovered the AFI 100 Years, 100 Films List. I spent most of my summer watching movies and at the end, my best friend and I tried to create a top ten,…

Buy Bushwick Nightz: A Life Update

Leo Birthday Monday is my 26th birthday, part of what is supposed to be my best birthday month for over a decade, as the Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Jupiter align in my sign. My early twenties are fully gone; overall, a fun, uncertain decade full…

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…