Yesterday, when I should have been doing something constructive, I was lying on the couch reading George Gissing’s The Unclassed. Having just seen the amazing tour de force Liza Minelli’s Daughter the night before, where dripping wet with sweat star and writer Mary Fons entreats us, “Work harder if you can, do more if you […]

Every Memorial Day

Every Memorial Day I used to call my dad and half-joke, “I just called to thank you for preserving our freedoms.” “Oh,” my dad would say, and even over the phone, I could tell that he was raising one eyebrow. “You’re welcome.” That’s how we communicated, half-jokey. It was a comfortable way to talk about […]