Reading the Tarot

  • 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...

  • May 04, 2016 Isaac Mizrahi is the Empress

    I was watching *Project Runway All Stars* and trying to figure out the difference between Isaac Mizrahi and the designers who were competing on the show. There's a whole world of coincidence, luck, ta...

  • April 15, 2016 Three of Cups

    One of my favorite scenes in Willa Cather's *The Song of the Lark* is when the prodigal daughter returns from the big city to her small Colorado home town. She's been in training, and she is well on h...