I’m a 2011 fellow in Non-Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts. I’ve had residencies at the Millay Colony and the MacDowell Colony, where I worked on a manuscript about growing up as the only boy in an Irish-Catholic family with six sisters. An essay from that manuscript is online at Knee-Jerk magazine, and another was selected as runner-up in the 2011 Michael Steinberg Essay Contest and published in the current issue (Spring 2012) of Fourth Genre. I recently had an essay published in the “Modern Love” column in the New York Times, “The Spell of My Father’s Wedding Ring” (February 12, 2012).
In the summer of ’77, I met Mark Roth in Pathmark on Hylan Boulevard. Heading home from a Sunday drive, my parents stopped to pick up groceries for dinner, and waiting in the Express Lane, he got behind us with a bottle of Mott’s Apple Juice. I was sure it was him, but then, what [...]
Sitting in the second row of the balcony at the New York City Center ballet, I, sixteen, entranced by the melodies of Swan Lake, watched a tall, muscular sun-god pirouetting and jeteing on the stage. As he soared, I gasped at the height of his jumps and his sure-footed landings. But I had not come [...]
Decades ago, when my brother was about ten and I around fourteen, he began to spend an extraordinary amount of time in his room. We lived in an apartment in a sketchy neighborhood in the Bronx. There were muggings, petty and not so petty thefts, and a few cases of violent crimes. Still, we played [...]