January 2nd, 2018

Thoreau, Minks, and Muskrats

When I first read Walden for a book report in the eighth grade, the famous quote “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation,” stuck with me. I knew quiet desperation. It seemed like Thoreau’s words captured everything my thirteen-year-old self knew and feared.

I had Thoreau confused with James Thurber when I started […]

December 21st, 2017

Christmas 2017

2017 has been a year of ugly politics, grotesque politicians, collapsing heroes, sobering international affairs, and natural disasters. I, and a lot of others, don’t expect to be nostalgic for 2017 in years ahead. I started to write this as a catalog of woes, but I’ll leave that job to someone else, someone plagued with […]

August 5th, 2017

Covers for Fifty-Third and Dorchester

I’ve been working on a new cover for Fifty-Third and Dorchester. Too many people have told me my first cover was amateurish:

I liked it for its simplicity. But it didn’t say much about the book, so I dolled it up and published a new version:

I hate it. So I tried again.

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