"How does anybody know they’re loved? How might you help them to imagine, any hour, any day? Do you ask people how they’re doing? Do you wonder? Do you really want to know? No, really: Do you care about anything as much as you care about yourself? Could you ever? The words alone are not enough." - from the essay "Molly" by Blake Butler. Read it.
My story "Long May My Land Be Bright" has been named a distinguished story in the Best American Short Stories 2022!↗
My essay "Inheritance" has been named a notable essay in the Best American Essays 2022 anthology! ↗
"Unfortunately, the machine remains oblivious to its critical importance and refuses to cooperate."
- from a great article by Jules Struck titled "A mysterious machine in a Syracuse warehouse keeps old movies alive. It’s the last of its kind in the world"↗
"Nightmarish as the discourse surrounding her early years could be, it’s always been Lana Del Rey’s dream we’ve been living in, and not the opposite. Born to Die endures as a monument both to what she created and what she endured, and even if the endurance overwhelmed the creation for quite awhile there, she got over the vicious Internet Ingenue era a long time ago, even if you never did. " - I love this article. I think it suggests that artists/writers/performers might know what they're doing, even -- or especially even -- when it's not what an audience expects. And I think Lana's 2012 SNL performances, which I just discovered, are both different and great. ↗
"It’s a dangerous place out there. I mean, the universe has got no care for life on earth. And I think that it’s worth remembering that when you look up in the night sky, when it looks very peaceful and static and it doesn’t seem to be dangerous.” -astrophysicist Ian O’neill on The End of the World with Josh Clark podcast ↗
The Terraform anthology is out! 52 near-future stories, including one of mine....↗
A Terraform anthology is coming soon! And there's a lovely starred review for it in Kirkus that mentions my story "An Incomplete Timeline of What We Tried"↗
"The countless hypomanias, and mania itself, all have brought into my life a different level of sensing and feeling and thinking. Even when I have been most psychotic—delusional, hallucinating, frenzied—I have been aware of finding new corners in my mind and heart. Some of those corners were incredible and beautiful and took my breath away and made me feel as though I could die right then and the images would sustain me. Some of them were grotesque and ugly and I never wanted to know they were there or to see them again. But, always, there were those new corners and—when feeling my normal self, beholden for that self to medicine and love—I cannot imagine becoming jaded to life, because I know of those limitless corners, with their limitless views." - from Kay Redfield Jamison's great memoir An Unquiet Mind ↗
"I would caution about going on too long about too little. Of course, this is a bit tricky, because many of your stories concern towns in which nothing much happens." -"Do Try Us Again," James Gallant, a really really good essay ↗
I have a new piece of writing about hereditary cancer in Granta Issue 158! With an excerpt online... ↗
"...truth, life, or reality is an organic thing which the poetic imagination can represent or suggest, in essence, only through transformation, through changing into other forms than those which were merely present in appearance." - Tennessee Williams, Production Notes, The Glass Menagerie
The 5th International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN) at the Arsenal Contemporary Art in Montreal is amazing.↗
"Conventional wildernesses of the overland trek may indeed be gone. Most of Earth's largest species--mammals, birds, and trees--have been seen and documented. But microwildernesses exist in a handful of soil or aqueous silt collected almost anywhere in the world. They, at least, are close to a pristine state and still unvisited. Minute creatures swarm around us, an animate matrix that binds Earth's surface. Ten billion of them live in a gram of ordinary soil. They represent thousands of species, almost none of which are known to science. They are objects of potentially endless study and admiration....if we are willing to sweep our vision down from the world lined by the horizon to include the world an arm's length away, we can spend a lifetime in a magellanic voyage around the trunk of a single tree." - E.O. Wilson, Naturalist (the graphic novel!)↗