PERSONAL ESSAYS
The Front Room

When my house cracks, the front room will be the first to fall off. Its western walls meet at an acute angle, and the room […]

Confirming Kagan’s Ambition, Unraveling My Own

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan once smoked cigarettes in the bathrooms at our high school. I imagine her seated on a toilet lid, hand cradling […]

A Shakespeare Tour of Italy

“But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east…” And what time is it? I woke up with a wicked crick in […]

Cubist Portrait

I was always afraid of Cubism. It wasn’t an I-just-don’t-get-it-and-that-scares-me kind of fear, but an I-just-don’t-get-it-yet-I’m-sure-that-if-I-did-it-would-make-me-afraid kind. I was afraid of its ugliness, of its […]

The Devil is Louise Calhoun

Today I woke up at 6 am to serve breakfast, wash the dishes, clean the dining room, and repeat the process — cook, serve, clean […]

Confessions of a Gossipholic

Spotted. N wandering Soho solo in heels, and doesn’t even enter Balthazar?! What is this Queen-B wannabe searching for so eagerly? I admit. I am […]

Personal Essay – Ode to an N64

The 32-bit generation of the Sega Genesis and the Super Nintendo is widely considered to be the pinnacle of gaming. But during that era, most […]

Personal Essay – Overheard

That space at the top of the door. I could hear everything that went on in that house in Surquillo, Lima, Peru through that gap […]

Personal Essay – This is the First Minute of the First Day of the Rest of Your Life

A birthday is returning to the launch site after a year away. We come in dusty, surprised to see ourselves in an old place again. […]

Too Close for Comfort – The Great Gay American Novel

I am a great cork-popper. Now what on earth could that mean? Do we take the literal definition, that is, I am great at popping […]