Literature is no longer powerful and thus no longer dangerous. But the conformist agency that Rousseau ascribed to literature in his First Discourse (a…
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From a journal entry, dated 11 March 2008: On Friday morning, Peter and I threw productivity to the winds and drove out to North Shore Animal League to…
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Thomas Mann and Du Fu
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“In spring everything becomes drowsy. The cat forgets to chase the mouse, and men forget that they have debts.” —Sōseki, The Three-Cornered World I’ve …
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Peter and I thoroughly enjoyed the HBO Max show It's a Sin this weekend. Set in London in the 1980s, it follows a group of young gay men as they come o…
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But what happened? I found myself asking, a couple of days ago, after I finished Stanislaw Lem's novel The Investigation. I think this is a natural if …
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n+1 has published a longish short story of mine, “The Remainder,” in their latest issue—a retelling of Yasunari Kawabata’s novel Snow Country, but gay,…
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Come phone-bank with me on Halloween, at 3pm California time / 6pm New York time! The phone-banking will be under the auspices of Auk the Vote, a Democ…
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I wrote a short story about what it feels like to have once been able to fly, which The Altantic has published online; the title is “Trajectory.” As a …
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My novel Overthrow is coming out in paperback on Tuesday, in a new forest-green-on-mustard colorway. It's about mind-reading, homosexual love, the inte…
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It’s been exactly a year since I started taking photos in the morning while walking the dog. I only posted them on Instagram at first, but my behavior …
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Hi! It’s been half a year since I sent out an issue of this newsletter. Evidently I still haven’t quite figured out what it’s for. My new idea is to se…
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