Curiosities

Finding Friendship and Community Through the World’s Hardest Quiz

The King William’s College Quiz is notoriously cryptic and uncompromising. For twenty-five years, my friend and I tried to get the perfect score.

Jun 28, 2022
How to Decode Your Dreams and Predict Your Future

We knew ‘Zolar’s Encyclopedia & Dictionary of Dreams’ was absurd. But, as teenagers, we were thrilled by the idea of interpreting the secret symbols of the universe.

Mar 03, 2022
Every House Is a Haunted House

Everything present is made of the past—the cities we inhabit and the language we use and the clothes we wear and what they make us feel.

Oct 27, 2021
My Father, the Slingshot Master

For my father, the slingshot seems to offer a moment of creative flight, a brief escape. It isn’t the solution, but it keeps everything balanced.

May 25, 2021
The Tiger in Harlem Who Helped Me Heal

All the buildings I walked by each day and thought nothing about now seemed like they contained the answers to questions it hadn’t occurred to me to ask.

Feb 26, 2019
Take You Me For a Sponge?: How My Marriage Survived Illness and Caregiving

Sea sponges lack heart, lungs, and the ability to move. They perform their ancient tasks because they must.

Jun 06, 2018
A Living Time Capsule Shows That to Be Human is to Be Wild

Most time capsules are enclosed underground, but this one faces the world.

May 21, 2018
The Ways Things End

The end is always near. How do we challenge finality in our daily lives and in our art?

Oct 19, 2017
In Praise of Stripes

Zebras and tigers, candy canes and barber poles, bumblebees on awnings!

May 05, 2017
El Hugé

A twelve-hundred pound pumpkin threatens California-area teenagers.

Apr 06, 2017