Envy Without Shame

A few days ago I did something stupid. I Googled the guy whose sidekick I was back in grad school. He’d basically been crowned king of the world, with fellowships, awards, and his very own bureau at a publication of record. Then, because I was on a roll, I did something even stupider. I visited [Read More...]

Hearing Voices

In early August of 1990, about ten days before I left New York City and childhood for Arizona State University, I began hearing voices. By that I don’t mean I suffered auditory hallucinations. At no point did I imagine that literal, living people were speaking to me. Rather, I began arguing with myself about the [Read More...]

“Catholics Do Not Throw People Away”

When I took a job loading aircraft for America West, I had to join the Transport Workers’ Union. The perks of membership became apparent after my first accident. Strictly speaking, it wasn’t my accident. All I did was drive the belt loader as close to the aft bin as I could manage to do. It [Read More...]


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