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.
Aunt Judy’s a teenager and my grandmother takes her shopping at Mays Department store in Downtown Brooklyn. Nana chooses the item she wants, then leans close to Judy. “Watch this.” Nana trumpets: “This is too expensive! I’m not paying this much!” A clerk says, “Ma’am, that’s the price.” “Oh, no! You’re not doing that to […]
“That’s it. I’ve had it.” Staring at the dirt encrusted window I made up my mind to cheer myself up. After September 11, 2001, my job relocated from a building overlooking the World Trade Center to the industrial center of Long Island City – the old Bloomingdale’s Warehouse on a concrete hill overlooking the Long […]
On weekends it’s a tossup, either my wife or I go on expedition for our Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and this was my turn. Because I knew the usual place on Queens Boulevard was closed for repairs I had to head down to the one on 61st in the Woodside valley. On the way back I […]