Reading the Tarot

  • May 05, 2017 A Conversation with The Lovers

    Back in January, I conducted an interview with one of my favorite writers, Eva Illouz, for a specific purpose, but then that specific purpose fell through so the interview has just been sitting here o...

  • April 10, 2017 Anthony Bourdain is the Queen of Coins

    Every middle aged man thinks he is secretly Anthony Bourdain.

  • January 24, 2017 On the Outs

    I watched *Christine* with equal parts dread, sorrow, and recognition. Based on the life and on air suicide of journalist Christine Chubbuck, it was the life of an ugly girl and the weight of occupyin...

  • October 21, 2016 "Victory doesn't always look the way other people imagine it."

    Once a year or so, I get to see what I'm worth. Usually it's my annual visit to an accountant, where I burden her with receipts in Greek, Turkish, Russian, German, French, and she tries to figure out ...

  • September 15, 2016 A Few Notes on Wands

    I'm getting old enough now, thank god, that I'm seeing where things that did not work out ended up. After all the pain and sense of unfairness that this relationship or this job offer didn't work out,...

  • August 26, 2016 Conversation with the Devil

    There is no author alive today who is more jacked into the full Devil/Pluto archetype than Gail Hareven. In my opinion. While only two of her books have been translated into English, *The Confessions ...

  • August 12, 2016 On Your Knees

    In the spring, I got this wonderful private tour of the Paula Modersohn-Becker exhibit at Galerie St. Etienne in New York. I had interviewed the author of her monograph, Diane Radycki, a while back, a...

  • July 25, 2016 An Istanbul Reading Diary

    I was asked by a publication to keep a reading diary for four days, and those days happened to be while I was in Istanbul. The woman I spoke with, she told me she had trouble finding writers for this ...

  • July 13, 2016 Knight of Swords

    I'm in Istanbul, so of course the conversation took a turn toward political assassination.

  • June 10, 2016 Living Under the Emperor

    When I was invited to Jerusalem for the book festival, a friend said he was surprised I wasn't more excited to go. "You love all that old religious stuff, it seems like you'd be pretty into this." I h...