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…

Ilya Mashkov, Self-Portrait with Pyotr Konchalovsky 1910

A Minimal Pair

Wacław and I didn’t speak much when we made love, but when we did it was in a language we otherwise never used.  On those rare days when we’d eschew…