Think Out Loud

"We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience." -John Dewey

Why We Love the Murderer

Justin St. Germain’s moody essay, “Murder Tourism in Middle America,” follows the thoughts of a brooding, pessimistic young professor on a quest to satisfy his obsession with Truman Capote’s nonfiction … Continue reading

February 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Cynic’s Guide to Honeymooning

This morning I read an essay by Charles Comey, “Against Honeymoons,” and I thought of our cultural swerving on the spectrum between total cynicism and diehard idealism. Let’s back up. … Continue reading

January 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Big-Picture Time Management for the Hopelessly Ambitious

Be a badass, sure, but be a well-rounded badass and you’re really living your best life.

January 26, 2019 · 2 Comments

Mmm, that’s good camel: on the pursuit of happiness

I’m obsessed with stories about much older people. I want to empathize with the thoughts and concerns of old age, because there are important clues there. Clues about what really … Continue reading

August 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

An education in suffering

In 2017 I traveled to Colombia to meet my biological family. One afternoon as I was standing in the courtyard of my paternal grandparents’ home, watching some local children assemble … Continue reading

January 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Getting Sick: A hero’s journey?

This past week I’ve been laid low with a vicious cold. My ear canals seemed to swell, sealing off the outside world and locking me in a painful bubble. The … Continue reading

January 6, 2018 · Leave a comment