A Spoiled Question

A Spoiled Question

In a small shore town in New Jersey, my family has a condo with a trapezoid of water visible if you lean off the porch. We’ve vacationed in this town since I was a baby, renting each summer for a…

Driving Across Pennsylvania Again

Driving Across Pennsylvania Again

I never really thought about where I lived until I stepped back to look at my little dotted lines — you know, the ones we leave behind us like the kid in Family Circus. What I saw was a thousand-times-overlapped…

Looking Out at the Aegean

Once in a sleep tinged with sun, tinged with night-dark wine on a white porch, Dry heat cracked under foot, under hats, in my lungs like an old curse. Five thousand miles in a ship with a silvery skin and…

High School in West Philadelphia

The building is huge and imposing, and you can’t quite say what shape it is, what sort of polygon, but it’s got a lot of angles and a lot of layers. The front entrance is framed by a mural on…

American Classics: Interview with Author Brad Herzog

American Classics: Interview with Author Brad Herzog

This was a totally selfish interview. I first read Brad Herzog’s “Turn Left at the Trojan Horse” about two months after college graduation, when the road in front of me appeared thoroughly labyrinthine and I sat awake at night oscillating…

West Virginia, Open for Business

West Virginia, Open for Business

West Virginia has had some stellar state slogans. There was “Almost Heaven,” which natives proudly crooned in unison with John Denver as he begged the country roads to take him home. The current motto, at least according to license plates,…