“It is dangerous and illegal to walk on the highway.”
—Quote from the Michigan driver’s ed manual 
I grew up in Detroit, Motor City, and so my delight in carless transportation has always seemed a bit perverse. But anybody who is a writer knows the feeling. What we do might not be dangerous or illegal, but it can sometimes look a little crazy from the outside.

Foie Gras, The Vegetable: On Food Tr...

During my junior semester abroad, I worked as a companion for Anne-Marie, a famously reclusive French poet who died a couple years ago. She had a rule I knew well, though she never explained its origin: She...

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The Girls of Usually by Lori Horvitz...

I met Lori Horvitz several years ago at an artists’ residency, where she was writing this book, then tentatively called “Dating My Mother.” She read the title piece, about her recent break-up with a...

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Single Dads and Terrorists

Before the Boston Marathon bombers were identified, my friend Genevieve said a prayer: “Please don’t let them be Muslims.” She is married to a Muslim man from Morocco. When they lived in America shortly...

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Stain

Here is a link to my newest essay over at The...

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Driving Me Crazy

On Saturday my son will make his first long-distance road trip alone, driving home to Virginia from college in Connecticut. When I was his age (20) I really didn’t drive at all. I had a license but not a...

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Maybe It Happened This Way

Somewhere, almost lost in the thousands of words I’ve read this week about the misrepresentations in the The Rolling Stone article that recounted a horrific gang rape of a girl named Jackie at a...

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