After spending two weeks in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, for the first half of July, I’m officially back in Chicago. At least, my body is. My psyche is still in the desert somewhere. On one hand, it feels like I was gone for a long time. On the other, it feels like I never… Read More “I’m tryin’ to backroads it to Walmart!”
Before beginning my residency here at Starry Night Retreat in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, I had never really been to the desert. Been through it once or twice, and kissed the edge at other times, but my imagination of the American southwest has otherwise mostly been informed by Clint Eastwood movies, B-grade sci-fi flicks,… Read More Desert Voices, Urban Noises
One of my first jobs out of college was at a busy, local bike shop. It was 2009, so my humanities degrees were useless in the already bankrupt Chicago labor market. But the bike shop was a happy medium. It paid well, the customers were (mostly) cool, and the discounts were steep. Outside of the… Read More Put Your Head Down and Work
Yesterday I took a few-hour jaunt out of T or C to the Very Large Array, the, uh, very large radio telescope/observatory roughly fifty miles west of Socoro, New Mexico—notable only because once you’re past Socoro, there’s nothing but mountains, fields, and a gradual elevation climb to 7,000 feet above sea level. Every five or… Read More Natural Theater, or, the Very Large Array
I’ve been in New Mexico for over 24 hours now, so I think I have a pretty good handle on it: it’s hot. And though the heat today (100 degrees) is oppressive, I’d still take it over the Midwest’s 90-degree days with with 85 percent humidity. I prefer to bake, not steam. And is it turns… Read More Standing in Defense of Nothing: Part 2
Like many Millennials, I was raised in the Christian church—whether I liked it or not. My parents were first-generation Christians who discovered Jesus in the 1970s and did their best to raise my siblings and me as principled, studious, and selfless. For the teenage me, I thus “honored Christ” by sticking anti-abortion stickers on my… Read More Standing in Defense of Nothing
Shortly after the the Waco siege against the Branch Davidian compound in Texas in 1993, NBC capitalized on the tragedy by making a made-for-TV movie about it. Here, Tim Daly (from Wings) plays Jesus Christ-wannabe David Koresh, and in typical TV fashion, the FBI’s enforcement of the law is above reproach.