In the past, I was reluctant to write about my own life, in large part because I felt it was unremarkable at best and, at worst, unentertaining.
This is probably still true, but I’ve found that telling my own story helps me draw connections and inferences that eluded me in the moment. Some of what I write touches on the ancestral pain of being raised in large part by Holocaust survivors; some of it is merely about being a clueless teenager (and occasionally clueless adult).
A selection of work from the last twenty-odd years. In future, I plan to publish more bits in the form of blogs, "news" etc.
- Essay on finding my way as a young person through punk, Entropy Magazine, 2018
- Essay on the lasting echoes of the Holocaust as evidenced in the suicide of a family member, Eclectica, 2018
- Essay on the lessons learned cooking for my father at the end of his life, San Francisco Chronicle, 1997
- Essay on the band Generation X and my love of punk in general, 2017
- List-style documentation of the popular #firstsevenjobs meme. Parental warning: This document will make it plain that in his youth, the author was a) on lots of drugs and b) exercised poor impulse control, 2016
- Brief essay on Wailers bassist Buck Ormsby, who recently passed away on his 75th birthday, 2016
- Blog post on restoring a vintage Ampex preamp in specific, and my love of old junk in general, 2011