Essays, opinions and rants

2017

Laughing in the Face of Doom

Laughing in the Face of Doom

So much about 2020 has been deeply unfunny. The past months have felt like occasion to STFU for the most part; to think, read, listen, volunteer, and as a friend often says, “get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” So that’s what we’ve been doing, as well […]

Overheard

Overheard

It has been one month today since the four of us began isolating together. When we eventually emerge, we’ll probably want to run screaming from some aspects of our confinement. But there has been quite a bit I hope never to forget, including these conversation […]

Turning into Those People

Turning into Those People

Day 1 We made chocolate chip cookies (by we I mean the 11yo led the charge but reeled me in at weird and ineffective moments, as in, “Mom, look, does it look like I put in the right amount of sugar?”). We watched neighbors through […]

Sunshine and Rainbows

Sunshine and Rainbows

Residents of Park City buy locals passes for Sundance to see movies. We have many choices of films, days and times and it is overwhelming and sells out rapidly and the website crashes a lot, but these are not real problems. With my 2020 locals […]

The Journal of the Screwed-up

The Journal of the Screwed-up

I got some hate mail. Hate email. Which was weirdly exciting for a second. A stranger wrote to me about my blog! (Most blog commentary and correspondence is from people I know either IRL or through mutual friends.) Any pleasure I had at being apparently widely […]

Home on the Range

Home on the Range

Remember our cheery/self-righteous plan for underscheduling this summer? So tragicomical in hindsight.  Whit had a blast scootering around the neighborhood, jumping on random trampolines and inviting herself to swim and stay for dinner in other people’s homes; that was fine.  Jace, though, was largely morose […]

What the Kids are Doing

What the Kids are Doing

“What are the kids doing this summer?” It’s an innocent, ubiquitous, small-talky question, though one I usually forget to ask anyone. Maybe that’s subconscious. When the question is directed at me, I tense up, in a subversive-bordering-on-criminal way. Mildly stage-frightened, I lead with the most […]

Dear Dave

Dear Dave

Dear Dave, I hope you’re well and have the palmettos under control. Your recent essay in the Wall Street Journal was a delight, and your dog Lucy sounds like an abundantly qualified life coach. But it saddened me to think of you feeling lonely at […]

Sundance: The Aftermath

Sundance: The Aftermath

I fell down the rabbit fur-lined rabbit hole. By the second day of braving crowds to see new movies being screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, I was hooked to the point of beginning work on my own film script. Here’s what I’ve got […]

Sundance: A Prequel

Sundance: A Prequel

The news coverage has been alarming. Everything sounds dire. Locals are quoted saying they’re stockpiling groceries and holing up in their homes or leaving the area entirely. They’re using the word Armageddon.  It starts tomorrow.  My heart races (in a stressed out way, not an excited […]