AN ECONOMY OF PLEASURE

What is the distinction between policies of harm reduction vs policies of hope? Oh, the audacity of hope, here we are again. (Is this what you think, he asked, or just what you read on the internet? I don’t really know, she said. It’s…

DIRT AND VITAMIN D

As she prepared to leave there was a small pause, then we both leaned in for a hug. It seemed like the right thing to do, a mark of solidarity. We had just spent the last 12 hours together or so, more time that either one of us had spent with…

WHAT IF THEY HAD A WAR AND NO ONE CAME?

Overnight the vibe changes. With an early morning rain the temperature drops, and I come outside to find my bike has been stolen, the lock apparently hammered at exactly the right angle. I find a posting online for a fifty euro bike and ride…

THE END OF THE BEGINNING

It was the desire for mashed potatoes that finally pulled me to the grocery store for the first time in nearly a month. I was already in the neighborhood, and though I had basically resigned myself to just making do with what I have from here…

THE GREAT EQUALIZER

(Tribute piece to Governor Cuomo) Jesus came this morning to my door with his light and grace depositing success, good health, and happiness. Try to relax, he says. I nod, I feel blessed. He happens to look like Andrew Cuomo, and I find that…

BONE BROTH AND GARLIC SOCKS

About two weeks into quarantine, my emotions start to get deeper, and I begin to eat more chocolate. I don’t feel like going to the park as much, and I start to develop a sore throat. My first thought is the take-out I got yesterday, in my…

IN THE REVOLUTION THERE WILL BE COOKIES

Today I felt the first pangs of loneliness, which caught me off guard. “I got this!” I had said just recently, citing my meditation practice, work as a writer, and inherent introversion. I did not seem to be mourning the loss of social life…

SOMETHING DECIDEDLY UNSERIOUS

Aka, The Journey of the Dragon and the Delivery Boy and how they went to find the Big Man in the Sky ... Dragons like to sleep. Many dragons can sleep for years on end, if there is nothing interesting happening. This particular dragon…

THE TASK OF COHABITATION

Overnight we are in the midst of a war. Those who can escape to the countryside. Those who can’t are forced to stay. We don’t know for how long we will be confined and separated. That last farewell, fare the well, is left floating in the…

COLLECTIVE RESILIENCE

By now people are dying. Many already have, and more will join them. So far, we are the lucky ones. The survivors bearing witness to this once in a generation phenomenon. Human mortality, front and center and fading. The centers of outbreak…