I am very happy to have published these two pieces in Esquire and Playboy — and to have received some really moving responses from readers. Both of those cover images are really great, too. Big thanks to Tyler, Shane, Nate, the editors.
Playboy is doing some awesome work in the LGBT space and recently won an award for its diversity and inclusivity, which is cool to see.
I am a fiction mentor in The Adroit Journal‘s Summer Mentorship Program. Very excited to start working with my talented mentee soon.
The past years have been spent reading and working with books. And writing my own books, stories, and essays. My wonderful literary agent Caroline Eisenmann at Frances Goldin really gets my projects and is just brilliant.
Here is a short list of things I loved since my last post:
–Danielle Lazarin’s excellent collection Back Talk
–This incredible Grace Jones documentary
–The movie Moana, which made me cry, and then made me angry that no one had told me it was so moving, which is ridiculous
–The feeling when I realize I have read some great book outside until it is too dark to read anymore (most recently this happened with the truly great book Guapa by Saleem Haddad in Central Park)
–Port wine in teacups
–This clip of Nadia Bolz-Weber detailing the virtues of forgiving assholes
–Regifting my collected unused moleskines to writer friends who will in two years do the same thing because these are decorative writer accessories not actual journals
–Reconnecting with family after years of estrangement
–Opening the windows during a summer downpour in NY
–All the other great books I’ve read — too many to name here, but some standouts: Less by Andrew Sean Greer, The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, The House of Impossible Beauties by Joe Cassara, The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee, Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Machado, Made for Love by Alissa Nutting, Marlena by Julie Buntin, Brotopia by Emily Chang, Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North, Some Hell by Patrick Nathan, and Emerald City by Jennifer Egan, which, if you can believe it, moved me even more deeply than Moana
–Writing what I needed, need, and want to