Ideas for Novels

Part(y) Time—A timely novel that explores the lighter side of the dark underbelly of our current position vis-a-vis the Kondratieff cycle. — H.D. Rizzo, 4loko, TXAR

Inconceivable

The Lies That Women Believe

Last month, Dateline NBC did a feature about Wells Church, a cult started by two ex-frat members in Texas. In the background, there was a woman dressed in a long broomstick skirt, her white hair in…

Memoir

Vacation Rental By Owner

To help pay for life after graduate school, I listed my old house on a vacation rental website. It had rented to the same tenants for the eight years I was away, a fussy Republican couple…

The Weather

Astro Guide: June 16-20

Gemini (22 May – 21 June) This week you will discover a new method of preparing your favorite sandwich. Congratulations!   Cancer (22 June – 22 July) While driving down the interstate this week, you will…

A Catalogue of My Neuroses

Classy

The other day I signed up for a class called “Cake Decorating Course One: Building Buttercream Skills.” Happily, each weekly session of Building Buttercream Skills is only two hours long, leaving me plenty of time for…

The Weather

How To Spend My Book Advance*

Commission an elaborative portrait of myself in which garbage is spread across a football field in my likeness and photographed aerially from a balloon I’m riding in.   Laser hair removal package.   Custom suit jackets…

Pop Culture

It’s a Rip-Off!

The Don Henley/Frank Ocean/Okkervil River beef (re)raises questions about our specious understanding of intellectual property, specifically with regards to music. I’ve always thought there’s something morally smelly about being able to make a bucket of money off of…

Waterfronts

Two Red Things

This piece is part of Waterfronts, a series of personal essays that engage with the waterways of New York and/or Los Angeles, presented in collaboration with Underwater New York. The ocean has many colors. Whenever I look…