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What do you mean, Ukraine? — Reflections on J. Glenn Gray’s “The Warriors”

Early on in J. Glenn Gray’s “The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle,” Gray relates the following significant anecdote about his time spent stationed in Italy during World War II: In a free hour one day I climbed one of the nearby hills of the Apennines and got off by myself in the late afternoon… Continue reading What do you mean, Ukraine? — Reflections on J. Glenn Gray’s “The Warriors”

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My political evolution

On the evening of my state’s primary election in early 2016, I and a friend walked from his house to a local school that doubled as my voting location. After waiting in line for what felt like hours, I learned an unfortunate fact: I had come to the wrong place, and voting would begin in… Continue reading My political evolution

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Sickness

Note: this post is envisioned as a sequel to "Health," written at the start of the pandemic and viewable here Although I had initially been resistant to so doing, in August of this year I chose to get vaccinated. As was expected, the first twenty-four hours following this decision were riddled with chills, fever, and… Continue reading Sickness

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My relationship with rock climbing

Ducking under a volume, leaning back against scant holds in order to make the most of my weight. A swivel of my hips, a crank of my calf and thigh muscles to push me up the wall, and I leap higher and catch hold of a small crimp. Again shifting weight, shuffling feet. With a… Continue reading My relationship with rock climbing

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Shrugging at collapse: the wisdom of “A Serious Man”

When I was first recommended the Coen brothers’ 2009 film “A Serious Man,” I had just been through a breakup with the woman I thought I would marry. I felt that my life was falling apart around me, and in my pain, I was longing for answers.  Michael Stuhlbarg as Larry Gopnik The film’s protagonist,… Continue reading Shrugging at collapse: the wisdom of “A Serious Man”