Here are some recent things I’ve written!
I wrote about Fiddler on the Roof for The Daily Beast, even though I’m not Jewish at all.
I wrote an elegy for Julie Cooper, a character on The O.C., for The Toast.
And then the reader (this reader anyway) falls, once and for all, forever, in love with this story, at the line: “Helen looked out the window.” Why? Well, for one thing, Helen wants to do it, and will do it, in front of the class, gladly, if only The Narrator will ask. She has loved him all along. A few lines ago we didn’t even know Helen existed, but we do now, and so does The Narrator, and the small voice in our mind that has all along been registering that The Narrator has no personal life in this story, that there are no real human emotions in the story, that this alleged story is just a pattern, is assuaged: this is now, writ small, a love story. It’s a love story! […] Weirdly, we are really curious, or at least I always am, to see if some lovemaking will in fact break out on this desk somewhere in the desolate, death-besieged Midwest, or what.
Laura: well do you want passion
i love that shit
Some things I wrote recently that aren’t too bad
A review of Russell Hoban’s heartening Turtle Diary (scroll down) and a review of the new Le Carre (also scroll down).