Should you keep reading a book if it insults the kind of person you are? In the old days the answer was: if it's good, yes, you're supposed to. Good as…
“You absolutely mustn’t bring the rigor of your principles of morality and justice with you when you contemplate Italy’s monuments, she told Lord Nelvi…
I have lost the throughline. Drastic measures are called for. I therefore hereby undertake to send you a newsletter every Monday morning at 10:30am. Th…
Literature is no longer powerful and thus no longer dangerous. But the conformist agency that Rousseau ascribed to literature in his First Discourse (a…
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…
Thomas Mann and Du Fu
“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 …
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…
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 …
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,…
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…
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 …