essays

Romantic, companionate, and boundless love

I want to introduce the idea that there are at least three forms of love.  The first is the one with which we are indoctrinated in movies, romantic love. In this kind of love, we feel our heart leap upon meeting another person; they complete us! There is a sense that anything is possible, and… Continue reading Romantic, companionate, and boundless love

essays

Why there are conspiracy theorists

Prior to the pandemic, I was hoping to spend the summer teaching courses based on my book, Literature: How to Read and Understand the World. I was going to host an in-person release event at a coffee shop, following which I would run once-weekly meetings at this same location. Additionally, I was planning to put… Continue reading Why there are conspiracy theorists

poetry

Love’s task

You will know you are in love When you wake up, See your love by your side, And mentally throw away All the tasks you'd set for the morning, Knowing that the most important thing is just to be there, Nay, the only thing.   You will know this when all practicality ceases. All longing,… Continue reading Love’s task

essays, Personal writing

Health

I am eight years old, and I am home sick with strep. Actually, I could equally be seven years old, or six. As a child, I was chronically sick with strep throat, in response to which I took antibiotics. My parents used to wonder aloud whether this over-use of antibiotics would lead to my being… Continue reading Health

Personal writing, poetry

Choices, the heart, and God

Shall I go to the bar tonight, Or stay in and read? Shall I drop out of college, Or finish? Shall I propose to my girlfriend? Find another? Vote my conscience? Abstain?             Beneath these decisions, there is the part of us that has already chosen; if we try to convince ourselves of our choices… Continue reading Choices, the heart, and God