The unstoppable decay of hope

“How many young college graduates have taken demanding jobs in high-powered firms, vowing that they will work hard to earn money that will enable them to retire and pursue their real interests when they are thirty-five? But by the time they reach that age, they have large mortgages, children to school, houses in the suburbs…

ON OVERCOMING WRITER’S BLOCK

“If you hear a voice within you saying, “You are not a painter,” then by all means paint, boy, and that voice will be silenced, but only by working.” – Vincent Van Gogh, in a letter to his Brother, Theo. Van Gogh knew a thing or two about painting. Turns out, his advice is pretty…

ON SIMPLICITY IN WRITING

  I like a thing simple but it must be simple through complication. Everything must come into your scheme, otherwise you cannot achieve real simplicity. Stein as an advocacy of simplicity is a little paradoxical. This is the woman that wrote lines like, “A feather is trimmed, it is trimmed by the light and the…

The coming of Trump

  Dignitaries will arrive in Washington and Trump will ask, Are you staying in town? At my hotel? I know an excellent steakhouse nearby. It’s the greatest. It’s beautiful. Trump, throughout his life and career, has tried to embody and encompass all things American. Trump University, an ode to Rockefeller, to Duke, the steaks, an…

ON AVOIDING CLICHÉ

I’ve browsed a lot of poetry and flash fiction over the last few months. Often the writing is sound grammatically, with an interesting plot to go with it. Yet, as soon as I see a cliche, in all it’s vulgarity, I’m chucked, head-first, out of the narrative. It always stuns me. Cliche is so easy to…

Understanding Trump: wee-wee sex and hypocrisy

Trump woke up and thought, “Holy shit, I control the world,” long before he became President. For a long time he must’ve felt like a king, firing people and judging women’s beauty on stage, being revered by C-list celebrities and appearing as a cameo in all the hit films. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’d…