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More With Less

Imagine the quintessential fresh-from-the-land Midwestern bounty of my Mennonite childhood and you might also imagine the quintessential spread this sort of landscape suggests.

Posted in Essays, Flash Fidelity

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Fed

My mom did most of the cooking—fried chicken, meatloaf, pot roast—but my dad fed me.

Posted in Flash Fidelity

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The Other Side

Excerpts from “The Other Side” Coming from Tin House Books July 2014

Posted in Essays, Flash Fidelity, Tin House Books

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A Picture of Love

I stood up in a close friend’s wedding fifteen years ago in this same temple, and now his son is up there reading Hebrew in cracking sing-songese. I don’t come here unless there’s a wedding or, like today, a Bar Mitzvah. Each time, I hope to connect with the historical groaning that infuses the chants; […]

Posted in Flash Fidelity

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On the Tongue

. . . biting into it gave one the impression of biting into a beating heart.

Posted in Flash Fidelity

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The Other Side

Excerpts from “The Other Side” Coming from Tin House Books July 2014

Posted in Essays, Flash Fidelity

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Darkmouth Strikes Again

Excerpts from “Darkmouth Strikes Again” (Future Tense Books this spring.

Posted in Essays, Flash Fidelity

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Cussword ABC’s

My uncles taught me cusswords to the tune of the ABC’s. I was six. This was Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the mid-eighties.

Posted in Essays, Flash Fidelity

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