Response to Life & Debt

First off, let me just say that I loved this documentary. And I love so few documentaries. I loved the honesty of the people who offered interviews, their knowledge of the subject and the simplicity with which they explained each issue. For somebody who doesn’t really “get” math or science or pretty much anything that […]

Who Am I as a Tourist?

When we go abroad, my family tries to make an effort to be good tourists. A lot of our efforts are in smaller things, like making a pact to avoid American food. We research restaurants ahead of time, plan our meals and try to find locally owned restaurants. We try to buy our souvenirs from […]

The Piano

I’ve played for almost fourteen years, and it’s damaged the nerves and muscles in my hands, so I decided to record a few samples. For posterity, you understand. Please, feel free to feel disinclined to listen; false modesty aside, I’m not that good. I’m just putting this here so I don’t forget what it sounded like. […]

The Balloons

My father used to hold the pictures up in front of us, point, and say, “Who are those kids?” My brother, Vinnie, and I would look appropriately ashamed of ourselves for whatever we’d done to each other that day. I’d stare at the smiling brother and sister, one helping the other, and wonder when Vinnie had […]