Entries from July 2007

11 July 2007

Share The Road

I had a emotional morning, having discovered that: I am far more deeply moved by a slightly loutish soon-to-be-ex-firefighter reckoning with a six-year-old trauma than I would be by an equally strapping young gentleman in well-tailored yellow suspenders trying to get my (fictional) kitty down from a (frightfully real) tree.
Maybe I should have assumed that. [...]

8 July 2007

“I Can Pray All Day”

Fear, I think, makes foreign what has been familiar.
This week marks the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Newark uprising–what I understand as the definitive event of recent North New Jersey history. I’ve always read Philip Roth and Amiri Baraka as telling the same stories, really; the distinction is that for the past four decades [...]

6 July 2007


What I have been missing.
I left for Dutchess County on Monday night, arguably as part of a futile exercise to re-learn this country, but in reality not that at all.  It was dark when we arrived, so I didn’t see the heavy, damp branches hanging over the front door or the new pool lining or [...]