• November 22, 2014 • Culture Dept.

    If the shoe fits

    Per the photo, this is the brief moment when my son and I are like nesting dolls. Not only a favorite image of mine but an increasingly favorite pair of shoes. Reminds me of this bit from Stanford University’s Robin E. Rider in...

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  • November 11, 2014 • On Writing

    Fictional Universe as Personal Niche

    I distinctly remember the bright day in front of the Fig, ten years ago, when an editor lamented my fate as a “generalist.” That is to say, I was a writer without a particular niche. I had breadth in many subjects but depth in none,...

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  • October 18, 2014 • Culture Dept.

    Gone Girl Milks Sonoma County

    The fallout from taking my wife to see Gone Girl wasn’t that she would be inspired to destroy me by writing a fictional redux of our marriage (I’m doing fine with that myself), or that I had to to rid our home of boxcutters lest I find...

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