Until You Forget

Until You Forget

For roughly a third of its 28 mile run, the I-696 expressway is cut down into the earth, its concrete walls slicing through the moraines that decorate southeastern Michigan. Driving along the highway, with those walls rising up on either side of the you, there is a strange feeling that traffic isn't driving down a [...]

You, Me and DuPree

You, Me and DuPree

When I was a kid, my best friend lived down the street. Ours was that kind of inseparable childhood friendship where we hung out pretty much every day, no matter what. We played with Legos and video games and on the same hockey team. We knew each other's immediate and extended families almost as well [...]

This Is Ours Now

This Is Ours Now

I. There was a time when Third Eye Blind's self-titled debut was the only album I listened to for an entire calendar year. Literally. That seems like an exaggeration, an overreach of the figurative use of “literally.” It’s not. I was ten during the summer of 1997, when 'Semi-Charmed Life' took over every radio station [...]

The Circular Ruins

The Circular Ruins

Let's just get this out in the open: Part of the reason that I write is that I want to live forever. I am not alone in that feeling. Surveying the members of any creative field will turn up an awful lot of similar sentiment. A brief (and highly unscientific) survey of some of the creative types [...]

Memento

Memento

In a critical scene of the film Memento, recall-challenged anti-hero Leonard Shelby laments the failings of memory. “Memory's unreliable,” he says. “Memory's not perfect, it's not even that good...[it] can change the shape of a room, it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted. They're just an interpretation, they're not [...]

77 Cents

77 Cents

I'm mad at myself about something that I missed. This post is my attempt to make up for it. Like a lot of people, I get a lot of emails. Like a lot of people, I forget about a lot of emails. So when I got an email from HeForShe - an organization fighting for [...]

How Small

How Small

Several years ago a lunatic named Felix Baumgartner rode a balloon into outer space and then jumped out of it and fell back to earth. By choice. Because why the hell not, I guess. Oh, and since we live in the future, the whole thing was broadcast live on the internet so that people from around [...]

Feel What You Hear

It was once suggested to me that we will spend the rest of our lives loving the music we listened to in our youths more than anything else that we will ever hear. And that may be true. But I disagree with the presented rationale. The presenter of this argument, let's call him Tim, claimed [...]