“Better” vs. Individual Truth

For a long time, I had 10,000 Maniacs’ In My Tribe on regular rotation. Though all of the songs on the album are well-crafted, some of them resonated with me more than others, and some of them… bothered me, a little bit, and I wasn’t sure why. All I...

Happy or Sad: Earning the Ending

Novels are made up of moments, strung together in waves that rise and fall, rushing towards an inevitable, hopefully surprising, conclusion. These moments are created by the author, consciously and unconsciously, as the novel is planned, drafted, and polished. The...

Man versus Nature: Five Forms

One of my earliest monster memories is of Godzilla, tearing up Tokyo, and my childhood is full of kaiju. Chief among the reasons for my fascination was the juxtaposition of on one hand raw power and primal destruction, and on the other terror and flight. Godzilla, and...