Essays

Haruki Murakami and the Art of the Day
What appealed to me most about Murakami’s essay was the way it joined something very big, like writing a novel, with something very small, like what time each day to go to bed.
(The Millions, 2010)

Reflections on Fear, Freedom, and Growing Up
Recently two people who wouldn’t seem to have much in common—my 26-year-old brother and my one-year-old son—have both had me thinking about wonder and fear, and how their experiences of those two things are similar to each other’s, and different from my own.
(The Millions, 2010)

Reading War and Peace: The Effects of Great Art on an Ordinary Life
One somewhat disquieting effect of reading War and Peace is that the more your own thoughts show up in its pages, the less original your life begins to feel.
(The Millions, 2010)

In Our Parents’ Bookshelves
Even a megabyte seems bulky compared to what can be conveyed in the few cubic feet of a bookshelf. What other vessel is able to hold with such precision, intricacy, and economy, all the facets of your life
(The Millions, 2010)

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