In Rainbows

In Rainbows

It was always all about the coda. First, the acoustic. Then, DJ Latenight’s studio magic: white noise, blips and beeps, digital stardust. Next, Mike Butterworth’s electric. Then his voice, haunted, distant “Ooohs.” The riff crescendos,...
The Great Escape

The Great Escape

108 years ago next week, Henry Houdini premiered his “Great Escape.” The famed magician was handcuffed and shackled, then nailed into a crate which was roped and weighed down with two hundred pounds of lead. The crate was then lowered into the East River...

Digging For Fire

“Sometimes, two things are true at the same time. The world is grim and hilarious; the future is bright and unthinkable; you are sad, but you are dancing; you are home, but it is not the same.” For weeks, as I tumbled this poetic truism over and over and...
The Apogee Of Coronavirus

The Apogee Of Coronavirus

There are magical moments every morning these days. This is one. The girls are seated and still (for now) in their makeshift classrooms: plastic folding tables and antique chairs salvaged from the basement. They’re tapping away at their Chromebooks. Elsie is...

Love In The Time Of Coronavirus

“I wish I wasn’t born during this time!” “Everything started getting bad when the coronavirus showed up!” “It’s ruining my life!” The walls have closed in on all of us here in Greenville, Delaware. Streets are empty....