Finish What You Start

One self improvement I decided on recently is to finish what I start. I vowed this while on a treadmill at the gym, glancing from television screen to television screen, never, in the hour I was there, sticking on one…

Survive

I’ve been reading my friend and Kenyon Review colleague Natalie Shapero’s poems for eight or nine years now, since she first started publishing them. Her poems are beyond her years, always have been. How can someone so young understand so…

Lies

I’m forever telling lies, mostly to myself but also, often enough, to friends and colleagues and students, and especially to my kids, who are seven, five, and five. How else to make it through? At dinner the other night, my…

Murder We Must

“Murder we must,” begins Betty Fussell in my favorite–at the moment, anyway–essay ever, “On Murdering Eels and Laundering Swine.” Here is a representative paragraph: “Skinning was yet to come. McClane suggested I attach his head by a string to a…

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