Monthly Archives: May 2012

By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea

Portland, Maine is the kind of place that sneaks up on you. Or maybe it’s a self-selecting town where the people who live here all really want to be here; I’ve never heard any resident say a negative thing about … Continue reading

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And the darkest hour is just before dawn

The first draft of the new book I’m writing, whose working title is Blue Plate Special: the Autobiography of an Eater, is halfway done as of this week. It’s emerging so quickly, I think, because it’s something I’ve been writing … Continue reading

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No other life to choose, nightmare made of hash dreams, got the devil in my shoes

Last Thursday, I started working in the soup kitchen at the women’s shelter, Florence House, here in Portland, Maine. I arrived 15 minutes early, at 10:15 in the morning, feeling nervous but glad to be there; I’d been meaning to … Continue reading

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Ashes of laughter, the ghost is clear: why do the best things always disappear?

It’s been a long time since I last posted here. For the past month, I’ve been turning this blog into a full-blown book, which has been taking all my time and concentration. I want my editor to be happy. But … Continue reading

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