I am the author of LIFE INSIDE: A Memoir (Washington Square Press, 2003), and the editor of DIRT: The Quirks, Habits and Passions of Keeping House (Seal Press, 2009). My essays, articles and reviews have appeared in Newsweek, New York Times Book Review, Lilith, Body & Soul, Poets & Writers, Arts & Letters Journal, Psychoanalytic Perspectives and Many Mountains Moving. I enjoy leaving my Upper West Side apartment to teach at The Writer’s Voice of the West Side Y and Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, and have also taught at Brooklyn College and as a visiting writer at George Mason University.
When we were kids, starting at about 15-years old, there was a bar we’d frequent on Fifth Street east of Avenue A, just past the Con Edison substation. It was called the Chic Choc, but we knew it either as Chic’s or Mrs. C’s. Customers addressed the woman behind the bar who owned the place […]
(Author’s Note: I saw the homeless woman sitting in front of Saks Fifth Avenue holding her sign, interacting with the passers by, taunting some, flirting with others, cajoling the rest, So I gave her a name, created her back story and decided to tell it as I thought she might.) A Yellow Cashmere Scarf “She […]
Long lines at Whole Foods in Union Square again. It feels like the Russian bread lines, but no, it’s another snowstorm shopping spree. I’m not the only one anxious about running out of food—even though the streets are always plowed before my stomach growls uncomfortably. Everyone is complaining. Too cold, windy, snowy, sleety, Too much […]