Good Enough

On a rare sleepless night earlier this week, I layed in bed for two hours, staring at the ceiling, wide-eyed. Realizing I wasn’t going to get any sleep, I decided to start a project I’d always wanted to start: I would install Arch Linux on my laptop. I’…

The Medium of Connection

Last weekend, I published a very personal piece on this site that I was very reluctant to call a “piece.” After I posted it to Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, it got a bit of praise, and had touched more than a few people (for which I’m grateful). I had…

Pieces of You

Author's note: I didn't edit this; didn't even proofread it, because this is not an essay; these are simply words that needed to be put to paper, that needed to escape my mind. You died sixteen years ago today. What I felt that day I can only liken to someone…

The Middle

But answers are always disappointing for me. I love reading noir mysteries. And I hate getting to the ends of them, because there are no surprises—no twist is good enough. It’s money, sex, blackmail, greed: all the usual suspects. Even Chandler and Hammett books are wrapped up in…

Order from Chaos

Every now and then, I spend a month or so in Louisville to spend as much time as possible with my favorite little people (my daughter and her brother). Almost immediately after I arrived, I started cleaning my daughter's mother's house. I cleaned it not because it's dirty, but because…

I Wasn't Ready

Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain. Life is short. Truer words, as they say, have never been spoken, and yet I've come to notice a note of falsity in them. Life's not…

The Most Important Word

The other day, my daughter overheard her mother telling her brother that if he did well in school — that is, if he brought home the green smiley faces that denote good behavior — he would get a prize. My daughter (who’s four years older than her brother) asked what she…

Playing with the Web

Play is an evolutionary advantage. According to evolutionary psychologist Peter Gray, young mammals play to develop the skills necessary to survive. They play at precisely those things which will aid survival. Not coincidentally, those are the things that the adults of the species “work” at. Lion cubs, Gray explains, “play…

Different, and the Same

I’ve always had an aversion to the crowd mentality. That aversion has been so strong at times that I wasn’t able to defend it with logic or reason. Simple case in point: in my early 20s, while serving a stint in the Navy, Corona was my beer of…

The Notebook of the Web

Sarah Gerard recently ruminated on what it means to keep a notebook for the Paris Review. Sarah is an accomplished writer, so keeping a notebook, for her, means something more substantial than for most. It wasn’t always that way. As a child, Gerard didn’t have any preconceptions about…