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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 from a tug;...

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 over in my...

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 smiling...

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. Skies are quiet. Schools are shuttered. Storefronts...
This Is Not A Test

This Is Not A Test

Flashback: New York City, January 2020. I planned the "Only You (DJ Latenight Remix)" release for Valentine's Day...

The Promise Of “Great Lakes”

“Great Lakes” is an album haunted by water: water that drowns (“Oceans of Doubt”) and destroys (“Brand New Oblivion”),...

Bears Have Thick Fur

When I woke up, the sheets were peeled back, my wife was gone, and in her place a small, toy bear was blurting out to...

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My Sunshine

Difficult to tell for sure, but I think today's the day it clicked for Maggie. "Oh, that sound I keep hearing from the...

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