Exciting things coming up (and just happened)
- A thing I organized: Mind Reading at Housing Works, March 12. I organized this reading with the science writing group I’m in. See, it’s a reading about the mind. But come even if you hate puns and the women who perpetrate them on the earth. Seven amazing writers (Stefan Merrill Block, Meehan Crist, Timothy Donnelly, Leslie Jamison, Miles Klee, Elissa Schappell, and Lynn Schmeidler) will be reading fiction, essays, and poetry about everything from empathy to epilepsy, all about our brains and minds and how we understand them or don’t. This is for people who like science and for people who like great writing. (All the good people in the world.)
- A thing I am reading at: Two days before that, I will be reading at Housing Works at the #StockTips: A Zine: A Launch Party party (March 10) organized by the inimitable rachelfershleiser and amiwithani. Come hear my most sensual writing about prepping a raw chicken, and probably less creepy food/soup writing from Dave Bry, Bex Schwartz, and Kevin Nguyen. There will also be a recipe swap, and I will tell anyone who wants to listen about the best way to make chicken stock (out of scraps in a slow-cooker).
- A thing I wrote: My essay, “A Guide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” is in the new issue of The Cossack. This journal is beautiful (and I am 99% sure designed by a Doctor Who fan). Print copies are a mere $6, but you can also buy a pdf for $2. $2! You can even see a preview of the journal, which includes the first page of my essay. Have a look, and I’m sure you’ll be compelled to read more to find out what happens when you enter a museum. Suspense! No but I’m really proud of this essay, and The Cossack in print is always a beautiful object.
- Another thing I wrote: It’s a week old, but then, it’s also two years old - in that it took two years, on and off, to write - so I’ll mention it again. And also because I am excited. My essay “Aftermath" was published on The Rumpus. It’s about working the phones at an aid organization after the earthquake in Haiti, and about how people - myself included - think about charity and suffering.
England vs America: The Reckoning
Public bathroom locks: England
Sensibility of coin sizes: America
Can Google maps handle your transit?: America
Toilet seat comfort: America
Grown adults hanging out in bars: England
Non-sandwich food: America
Potato chip/crisp flavo(u)rs: England (oxtail, prawn cocktail, lobster firecracker, et. al.)
Transport from airport to city: England (London)
Proximity of airport food & facilities to departure gate: America
Ability to move between food/facilities and departure gate: America
Has iced tea: America
Has Salisbury and Stonehenge and Bath: England
Old buildings: England
No seriously, there’s a Vodafone and a McDonalds in a building built 500 years ago: England
Water pressure & water hardness allow me to wash my hair: America
Has hot water today: England