Making Sons

“Uncle Gabe passed away,” my brother tells me over the phone. Gabe, he says, short for Gabriel, though I’m sure when we were kids we all called him Gay. I’m…

The Burden of Proof

“If you had to choose, would it be love or passion?”, Yannos asks on our way back from the marina, his face scrunched up and pulled up to one side…

A Village Day

“Let’s get our hair cut,” Simon said. “There’s a barber shop in the East Village that’s doing some really cool stuff.” He made stuff sound like art or at least…

Gustave Caillebotte, "Jeune home au piano," 1876

Brothers in Arms

I can’t remember ever being bored as a child in the summer, just as I can’t remember feeling oppressed by the heat or smarting from a bee sting. Perhaps children…

"Young Men in the Garden Pavillion", Friedrish Ahlers-Hestermann

Coach

A few months ago a friend of mine sent me an email, asking me to tell her where I felt stuck. She’s setting up a business as a life coach,…

Set Piece

Last night I watched a man seduce a woman in my apartment. He had fixed a light supper in advance of her arrival, a salad and a quick beef sauté…