Feb 2 2013

Henry Sings No Children

Henry sings the Mountain Goats’ No Children at his high school talent show. Video by proud mom Tracey Long. Then this happened!

Feb 2 2013

True Love Will Find You In the End

Henry performs Daniel Johnston’s True Love Will Find You In the End at his high school talent show. Video by proud mom Tracey Long.

Jan 31 2013


Jan 24 2013


Jan 21 2013

Remembering Bernard Harmon

This story first appeared in The Pastry Box Project. Everyone, if they are lucky, gets that one teacher in their life that stands out above the rest. I was luckier than most. My high school art teacher, Bernard Harmon, was ten times the teacher I deserved and absolutely the teacher I needed. My junior year of high [...]

Jan 17 2013

Stanley, Patron Saint of Pornography

Our first apartment in the States was in a three floor brick tenement at the corner of 10th and Duncannan in North Philadelphia. The landlord didn’t mind renting to Portuguese. In fact, he once told my father that of all the new immigrants coming into the neighborhood, we seemed the whitest.

Nov 20 2012

The Platform

That’s when Andy spots him. He looks twice to make sure. It’s definitely him. He looks older, a little more out of shape. But it’s him.

Sep 5 2012

Why I Need to Know Your Budget

“Why didn’t you tell me what you could afford?”

Jul 19 2012

The Main Line

I finished the whole bottle before I started writing. If I’m going to get any empathy for my father I should at least try to see the world the same way he did.

May 4 2012

The Ukranian

In fact I managed to avoid notary publics completely until my first divorce. Both my mother and father referred to him simply as “the Ukrainian.”