I grew up in the rolling hills of Northwestern New Jersey in a Neverland called the 1970s, but I live now in the Atlanta suburbs where I often find myself daydreaming back to that magical place. I write about boyhood, nature, environmentalism, culture, politics, and pandemics. The Patio Blog is my antidote to life during COVID, where I write and post stories about the biosphere in my backyard--and more.
“Where Have You Gone, Dr. Pierce? is my second essay published in Litro Magazine.It begins with my failed attempt to learn how many ventilators are owned by my local hospital and moves on to critique the alienation and vulnerability at the heart of “Big Medicine and Big Everything.” The family doctor offered something that has nearly vanished from medicine—the intimacy of being known.
Reservoir Life is a collection of personal essays about growing up in Northwestern New Jersey in the 1970s and 1980s. Tinged with nostalgia and longing for a boyhood lost to time, these stories also grapple with the present---political violence, the racial divide, xenophobia, climate change, religious extremism. Four essays from the collection have already been published--“The Lookout Tree” in Michigan Quarterly Review, "Gas Line" in Boomer Cafe, Steal This Book in The Smart Set, and ”Mythopoesis” in Missouri Review.
PROJECT MAYHEM AGE
The new century is an age of anarchy, in both positive and negative ways. The Project Mayhem Age accepts this premise and runs with it, from the title essay, which reflects on the political resonance of Fight Club (published first in The Smart Set and then in Adbusters) to my reflection on the age of the family doctor written in the midst of COVID-19. The essays in between reach for the zeitgeist of 21st century American life--911, the antiglobalization movement, “post-truth,” and the dangers of societal monoculture.
My next essay collection will revolve around the 400 letters my grandfather sent home from an island north of New Guinea when he was private in the army during World War II. What do the grandchildren of the “Greatest Generation” do with the world they bequeathed to us—a world that is both poignantly real and dissolving before our eyes? This collection moves back and forth through time to answer this question, interspersing letters from my grandfather throughout.