My Daily Bread

(n) the stuff that gets me by

I like things. All sorts of things. Novels and short stories and poems and plays. Video games. Tiramisu. You (probably). Cats!

This is a place where I write about these things. Mostly for fun. But also because I want to improve how I talk about the things I love.*

*Content warning: a lot of this stays light. But I’m also Me, so I also talk about things like eating disorders and alcohol abuse and suicidal ideation. Not super often, but it’s there. Just wanted to give you a heads up.

September 20th

On Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, Emil Cioran’s The Trouble with Being Born, and Emily St. John Mandel’s The Glass Hotel The best storytellers, I find, surprise without appearing to try. I wrote last week of Sound of Metal, whose director and writer, Darius Marder, effortlessly avoids a minefield of genre clichés, thereby telling one ofContinue reading “September 20th”

September 9th

On Daniel Borzutzky’s The Performance of Becoming Human and Daniel Marder’s Sound of Metal About a minute ago, I finished Marder’s 2019 Sound of Metal. The film, in case you ignored it (as did I) amidst 2020’s Oscar’s nonsense, centers upon a drummer, Ruben Stone (Riz Ahmed, in a career-ascending turn), who loses his hearing.Continue reading “September 9th”

September 3rd

On Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers and Thomas Ligotti’s The Conspiracy Against the Human Race For the second half of the first decade of my life, nothing terrified me quite like Stephen King’s It. I remember sitting in front of our family room’s TV when I was four or five, momentarily unattended, and watching a silver-eyedContinue reading “September 3rd”

August 22nd

On Eugene Thacker’s Infinite Resignation, Anne Carson’s If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho, and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road As I grow more confident of the things I want to say, I find I have less and less to say. In light of this loss, the appeal of aphorisms—the pessimist’s genre of choice—is obvious. “KnowledgeContinue reading “August 22nd”

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