Monthly Archives: October 2011

Literally, I hate you

A lot of people who have grammar and diction pet peeves didn’t come by them honestly. Someone once explained to them, for example, that “evacuate” is something you can really only do to buildings or bowels, so the next time their unsuspecting friend mentions how the firemen came and evacuated his family, they make some […]

Horrible Things I’ve Done for Money #1

This is not a first-hand account because I don’t remember it happening to me. It’s one of those childhood stories told so often that the events it relates have become an indelible part of my psyche, even though I have no memory of them. My sister and mother like to relate this story flatly, with […]


Just below the surface of Lake Geneva long, feather-like tendrils stretch up to tickle my belly as I swim by. Some sort of seaweed or aquatic plant. I swim with my head down to look at whatever swims, sways, or merely displaces water beneath me. I startle a big fish with fins like silk in […]


At the north gate stands a statute made by the country’s most famous sculptor, a guy whose name I’m too lazy to look up in the guidebook sitting right here in front of me, (Ivan Mestrovic), and who bears the distinction of being the only person ever given an exhibition at the New York Met […]