The Dream Room

I’ve dreamed about my ideal room many years now. It’s an all-in-one theatrette, library and lounge. Probably a bedroom as well. (Who needs a bed when you have a comfy couch?) I don’t need any fancy architecture. A plain rectangular room will do me just fine. It has high ceilings and polished wooden floors with … Continue reading The Dream Room


The Crane Game

Back in the golden days of my health and virility (I am, of course, speaking about college), I was lucky enough to have a weekly column in our school paper which allowed me to spout all sorts of nonsense. Reading those old pieces of prose often elicits a sickening pinch in my chest due to … Continue reading The Crane Game

Let Them Read Books

It’s a hot summer, and here in Korea, air conditioning is difficult to come by. I’ve got a small apartment, but my window unit can barely cool the living room. That means my kitchen and bedroom feel similar to what I can only imagine are the bowels of Satan after chili cook-off season. Because of … Continue reading Let Them Read Books

Get Off My Lawn

"Oh you're a writer?" she asked. Jen sat across from me in the break room. She munched on baby carrots and sliced green peppers. She had seen me working on a story on my laptop and plopped herself opposite me, thinking, apparently, it was an excellent time to interrupt. I replied, "I write stories and … Continue reading Get Off My Lawn

I’d Rather Go To the Feelies

A few weeks ago I briefly mentioned how I once went through an 1984 phase during which time I was so obsessed with the novel that everything I witnessed was somehow connected to an Orwellian conspiracy. Even today I can't help but see things like the Patriot Act or the TSA's giddiness at seeing us … Continue reading I’d Rather Go To the Feelies