Author Archives

  • Even when it’s only a draft

    FROM SEQUENCE 1 February 1999 Even when it’s only a draft the pleasure of finishing a piece of writing should not be underestimated. I wonder the extent to which other types of artists experience this feeling. The intricacy of a… Read More ›

  • Flip-flops

    FROM SEQUENCE 1 February 1999 [A note to newcomers and return visitors to this piece: Why is this piece far and away the most viewed of all the pieces on this site?  I am curious.  Comments are more than welcome.]… Read More ›

  • Transgression

    FROM SEQUENCE 1 February 1999 Later published in Choices: A Chapbook — World Voices, Web del Sol Reading a female colleague’s stories and a book in which women reflect on their erotic lives, I am reminded of how sexy trains… Read More ›

  • Here is an American Experience

    FROM SEQUENCE 1 February 1999 Now with Afterword from October 2012 One day I received from my health-insurance company a letter urging me to cooperate with it and the state in a campaign to eradicate health-care fraud. “Call 1-800-IC-FRAUD,” the… Read More ›

  • The Generalist

    From SEQUENCE 1 February 1999 Published in a slightly different form in the Summer 2000 issue of the Vassar Quarterly   It would be interesting to know when the label “crisis” began to be routinely applied. One imagines that this… Read More ›

  • Fear of the Self

    FROM SEQUENCE 1 February 1999 Later published as “Kleptomania and its Discontents” in Choices: A Chapbook — World Voices, Web del Sol I am not sure that a person can decide not to be, say, a kleptomaniac or voyeur, nor does… Read More ›

  • Dichotomizing

    FROM SEQUENCE 1 February 1999 Later published as “The Anvil and the Hedgehog” in Choices: A Chapbook —World Voices, Web del Sol Aristotle proposed that human beings could be divided into the rulers and the ruled; Goethe saw us as… Read More ›