Amy Winehouse and the Wholeness of Song

This is probably the dumbest thing in the world to admit out loud, but—I actually thought the recent Amy Winehouse documentary Amy was going to be about the music. After weeks of trying to get myself to the… Read More

The Heart and Voice of Mark Eitzel

mark eitzel smiling bjorn giesenbauer

“His chest was like Christ’s. That’s probably who he was. I could have followed anybody off that train. It would have been the same.” –Denis Johnson, Jesus’ Son I’m a relative latecomer to the music of Mark Eitzel… Read More

How Do Your Memories Smell?

My mother died in 1987, when I was eight years old. My brother was five and my sister was two. Her breast cancer had been discovered too late by condescending doctors who had pooh-poohed her earlier complaints and… Read More

Livin’ That No Pants Life

Suddenly: skirts!

About four years ago, I stopped wearing pants. Sure, I’ll wear yoga pants to the gym or pajama bottoms for lounging around the house, but in public, I don’t think I’ve worn anything but skirts and dresses with… Read More