Category Archives: Personal

Warmonger O’Malley Cousins: Text Exchange Last Night

Kerry: Can you recommend a book about the siege of Leningrad? Sheila: Shut up!! Last week I Googled “good books about Leningrad.” I am not kidding. Kerry: OMG Sheila: It’s a gap in my Warmonger Knowledge. I’m pretty sure there’s … Continue reading

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My Kind of Breakfast Joint

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How It Went Down, Or: As I Remember It: Two Separate Things Became One Thing.

Preamble I was diagnosed bipolar in February of 2013, after months of first being in a manic state, before moving into a period of rapid cycling. I had no sense of how dangerous it was because I have lived this … Continue reading

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The Two Days That Came Before

September 9 I rushed to meet my sister Siobhan for a drink. We were convening at Astor Bar, one of our favorite places in the city. It was in a central location, it was close to Siobhan’s job and it … Continue reading

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An Ode to E.B. White and a Very Special Teacher

I post this every year at the beginning of the school year, in honor of all the teachers out there – the teachers I know, and the teachers I’ve had. Here is my favorite teacher-story of all. You make a … Continue reading

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God Help Me, I’ve Discovered the Prisma App

I can’t stop. I don’t have time for this.

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It’s Bikini Weather

I do NOT look happy with my situation. Perhaps it is because my bikini is cutting off my circulation.

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading

— Wonderful article by my friend Farran for Film Comment on Tim Holt, who has appeared in a couple of masterpieces, as well as a steady career in B-Westerns (one of my favorite kinds of careers). I love him in … Continue reading

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Our House

We have compared it to: — a bunkhouse for itinerant fruit-pickers in 1932 — a communal-living way station on our way to California as we fled the Dust Bowl — a cult compound — a house used for a non-Equity … Continue reading

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The Side Porch Here Isn’t Creepy At All

The rocking chair is facing into the forest, just FYI. A friend saw the picture and said, “Where is Lillian Gish and her gun?” And yes. That is exactly what that side porch looks like.

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