Introspection

Writers notebook
Columns

Writers notebook

Writer's Notebook.

Writers notebook
Columns

Primary Source: 2006-2007

“I want my reader to know exactly everything about all the details. To think exactly what I write. I want my reader to know everything.”

Year in Sports - Photos - Women's Lacrosse
Introspection

The Word: Complacent

“Don’t get complacent. This game isn’t over.”

Camping outdoors
Endpaper

The Fake Outdoors

It struck me that the Ridge Top Camp Out lacked something. That it was too planned. Too tame. The Camp Out wasn’t real camping at all (which would be raw and wild), but a simulation of it. It was fake. If real camping prompted a return to nature, the Camp Out boiled down to a staged encounter, a well-choreographed rendezvous.

Italian buffet
Introspection

Italian buffet

What do white people have for dinner? This, more or less.

Crayon drawing
Introspection

Crayon drawing

This child could be drawing a Mother's Day card. Who knows?

Dorm Crew
Endpaper

Endpaper: Dignified Work

There is no room for considerations of minimum required work hours or potential access to faculty mentors. For me and many others, a job means money.

Crayon drawing
Columns

Primary Source: 2005-2006

"Benjamin is a very interesting little boy. He, at times, presents himself as a ‘50 year old man.’ In fact, last year at recess, he rarely said that he played with the other children, and preferred to hang out with the lunch aide."

Halloween Pumpkins
Introspection

The Word: Trick

Once, I assume, we did not say; we asked. “Trick or treat,” after all, is a question. We, the variously-costumed youths of America, asked the lording homeowners whether they would like to punish or reward. Stick or carrot. “Trick or treat?” An up-talk, a genuine query.

Italian buffet
Introspection

The Word: Treat

This was a constant mystery to me back then: What did white people have for dinner? What was American food?

You know, the website? It's real life now.
Introspection

You know, the website? It's real life now.

It's Amazon!

Sadie's Spouse
Introspection

Sadie's Spouse

Sadie's Spouse
Introspection

Dear Michael

You stayed at work too long. You always left the toilet seat up. You paid more attention to the TV than to me.

You know, the website? It's real life now.
Technology

Coordinates: Amazon@Boston

There is only one other customer in the store, who seems to be waiting for an Amazon staff member to appear behind the counter. He turns, we make eye contact, and he looks back at his phone. Neither of us went to an Amazon pick-up location to interact with other people.

Game of hangman
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Game of hangman