All She Wrote

  • March 16, 2016 with this ring

    Today we bought our wedding rings. I met Jens downtown at noon. He’d caught a cab from his office and I’d taken a break from my new routine (at least three hours of writing in the morning, then wh...

  • February 19, 2016 Hello again.

    It's one of those rare warm February days: golden, gusty, unstable. I'm sipping hot water and thinking of a moment in Patti Smith's latest book, *M Train*, where she nods off in a Chinese restaurant a...

  • May 08, 2015 How to See

    Eye lasers smell like burning hair. I'd been warned, but I wanted to fidget when the room began to smell acrid. Instead I squeezed a stuffed dog and looked at the blinking green light even when I coul...

  • April 27, 2015 Dearly Imparted

    Two Sundays ago I made fish tacos for our friends Abby and Neil. In the afternoon I sliced red onions and pickled them in apple cider vinegar and sugar. I cut a chipotle pepper into a cup of sour crea...

  • April 09, 2015 the wanderers, a story

    One day I sat down to write, but I gave birth instead. My head split open, and a girl crawled out of the canyon.

  • March 31, 2015 Dear Sara

    Last time we saw each other, it was July 12th, 2008: your wedding day. It was sunny, which was great, and we were in Liverpool, which made it exceptional. It had rained the whole week: while we sat at...

  • March 09, 2015 a flytrap but for happiness

    *ON A COLD DAY* in early March, during work hours, the Lincoln Park conservatory is mostly empty. Its other visitors pause in the palm house, because it's the warmest. We shed scarves and sweaters and...

  • February 25, 2015 the world as we drink it

    A tiki bar normally feels like Disneyland—self-referential, artificially flavored, gaudy. But in February, it’s the furthest thing from a joke. There’s a new one in your old neighborhood, which ...

  • February 13, 2015 How To Make It

    Breathe deep. Smell that? It's good news.

  • February 02, 2015 Skin

    I got my tattoo the summer between my junior and senior years of college, during a road trip that began in Chicago and ended in Los Angeles by way of Saskatchewan, the Canadian Rockies, British Columb...