overcoming obstacles

Messiah | Nonfiction

Messiah | Nonfiction

He’s benevolent. He’s right. No, righteous. He tells Melanie her beautiful son with the bright red curls and pink cheeks—the newest parishioner—is the cutest thing he’s ever seen. He shakes hands. He shakes his wife until her teeth crack together. He tells us, “In...
Emerald City | Book Review

Emerald City | Book Review

Emerald City by Brian Birnbaum ISBN: 978-1950122004 Dead Rabbits Books, Sept 2019 416 pages, $18.99 Late in Brian Birnbaum’s excellent debut, Emerald City, a young man signs to his deaf mother, “I’m trying to tell you that I’m unhappy” (378). Without so much as a...
Obey | Nonfiction

Obey | Nonfiction

I tell Maurcio Obeja, taxista numero 82599, the address of where I am going. I say it correctly this time, street first, number after, Suipacha 637. “The six-hundred block of Suipacha is only three or four blocks down there,” he points to the right—to this octopus...