The Curious Incident of the Drunk in the Night-Time (Explosions, Parts I and II)

When my cousin would get drunk, he’d tell me he loves me and then punch me in the face. Whenever we’d go out drinking, I’d always get ready for…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 15: Do You Raise Your Children?

I ask you to answer the following questions for yourself, and you will understand whether you are raising your children or not: Name the five…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 14: Reflections on Education

School Education I have almost no desire to enumerate all the school misfortunes that fall on students at these venerable institutions. The Soviet…


6 to 6: Bear Hunting

The difficult thing about Mr. Cooper is the fact that he’s 98 years old. He’s five feet three and narrow as a bird in his gray cotton pants and blue…


In the Time of Pandemic: Notes from China

January 2020 When I first heard about the current pandemic, I think I was resting in bed. You were browsing news on the laptop by the desk and told…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 13: Did I Hit My Children?

Yes. But, by and large, I do not think this counts as flogging. Daughter I hit my daughter four times. The first time was when she was six years old.…


6 to 6: The Rest of It

It’s a hot mid-afternoon and I stop my cab at Fry’s to buy a chocolate bar for my wife. She always asks me to buy her a chocolate bar and I usually…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 12: Why Did I Join the Military?

She Beats You Because She Loves You People around us knew that my mother regularly, almost every day, beat me or my brother, and more often both of…


6 to 6: Arivaca

Debora Hunter, 389 W. Rillito Drive, is seven feet tall; her head eclipses the sun. She doubles over to get in my cab, her face a sad skull with…


In the Shadow of the Belt, Chapter 11: Basketball

I have always loved sports. As a preschooler, I ran with my small friends in hole-hole, in the ninth grade I began to seriously engage in basketball,…