How Do You Grieve a Distant Father

How Do You Grieve a Distant Father?

My father was absent for most of my childhood and adult life. Not in the sense that he abandoned my mother and ran away. Absent in that he was unable …


Two Suicides in 12 Hours

Two Suicides in 12 Hours

My cousin Armando drilled four holes on the top of his garage in Oakland, California one day and installed a mini-basketball hoop. It was the early ’80s, and the Los …


On Being Jewish, Perhaps

On Being Jewish, Perhaps

The staircase is L-shaped
with a huge cactus in the corner.
Be careful with that,
my mother says every time
we go to visit my aunt Pepa.
Today we are …


The Anti-Suicide Hotel

The Anti-Suicide Hotel

All the doors were open, dark,
A square tower,
Like a breezed hotel in Miami
If Florida were black & white.
My friend was not quite
My friend, but before …


Film Is Immortal. Filmmakers Are Not

Film Is Immortal. Filmmakers Are Not.

Less than two weeks ago, I found my Facebook feed flooded with remembrances of 27-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Jones, a second assistant camerawoman who was struck by a train and killed …