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.
I hated the cold walking west on 58th street, 1am on January 20th. The freezing currents had a way of trapezing down from steel cut condos, making the walls of my nostrils suddenly raw. My arms crossed themselves as I braced my way toward 10th Avenue. I had been in New York for several months, […]
My first encounter with the Pelham Parkway neighborhood took place in my mid-teens, around 1970, when my grandparents moved to a building at Lydig and Wallace. Most of the Jews in the Bronx were moving to Co-op City or the suburbs, but Pelham Parkway was very likely the last of the old-fashioned Jewish immigrant neighborhoods […]
When I think of my dad, I think of the stories he’s told me. What he knows and what he wants me to know. I think of the time at Friendly’s when he etched the web of our ancestors onto a napkin. Patrick to Matthew, Edward and Agnes and Teresa and Mary, and at the […]