Alone (Fiction)

A few people have asked for the full story excerpted in this post. Not sure if this is anyone else’s experience of high school anxiety, but here’s one attempt to replicate it: Alone Freshman year, this kid I played baseball with in the summers, he bets me who’ll win a football game on Sunday, says…

Can We Talk About the Limitations of Identity for Half a Second?

1. Like many of us, as a lonely and vaguely unhappy teenager I justified a natural tendency towards silence and social awkwardness with the thought, Why would I want to talk to Those People anyway? Those People, of course, were comprised of nearly everybody but me, all of them slotted off into easy categories I…

There is Only the Trying: Some Thoughts on Fame & Failure

1. When Derek Jeter retired from baseball in the fall of 2014, those who followed his last season heard the unsurprising story that he’d wanted to be shortstop for the New York Yankees since he was a little boy. And as I watched his last home game at Yankee Stadium, and watched how his last…

Battle of the Milvian Bridge (Essay)

Many thanks to the editors of Military Heritage, who published a new essay of mine in their in their latest issue. It tells the story of the early years of Byzantine history, the rise of Constantine the Great, and his victory at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. The magazine can be found at Barnes…

Living Orkney (Essay)

Many thanks to the editors of Living Orkney, who published a small essay on our trip to Orkney last year. Since few people outside of Orkney have access to the magazine, the article is pasted below. Each day there solidified everything I hold sacred about history, religion, poetry, and so much else, and I doubt…

3 People (Fiction)

(People is a collection of flash-fiction, usually 500-1000 words. Click here to find others as they are posted)    Hanna Verhoef Hanna Verhoef, 84. Suddenly awake in the still dark room, astonished by the lingering dream: Vienna during the war, warm milk, the small schoolroom. A boy whose name she didn’t remember, but one she…

Exodus from Paris, 1940

Many thanks to the editors of WWII History, who published my article Exhausted Caravan in their latest issue. It tells the story of the massive civilian exodus from Paris in the summer of 1940, ahead of the German advance into the city. The magazine can be found at Barnes & Noble and other retailers, and…

Blindness, War & History

(this essay was originally published in the Fall, 2014 issue of the Concho River Review. Since it is no longer available for purchase, I will post the essay here)  when you kill another honor him with your tears when the battle is won treat it as a wake —Tao Te Ching 31, tr. Red Pine…

Alexander the Great at the Granicus (Essay)

Many thanks to the editors of Military Heritage, who published my article on the Battle of the Granicus—between Alexander the Great’s army and the Persians—in their May issue. You can find the issue at Barnes and Noble and other stores, or subscribe at the magazine’s website.

One Time People (Fiction)

Many thanks to the editors at Juked, who just published my story, “One Time People.” The story is from a collection, slowly emerging online and hopefully someday in print, called The Lonely Young and the Lonely Old. Other stories from the collection are here.

Adult Conversation (Fiction)

Many thanks to the editors of Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, who will be publishing my short story, “Adult Conversation,” in their next issue. An update will be posted when the issue is available. The story is part of a larger collection on the neglected and easily forgotten, The Lonely Young and the Lonely…

The Lake (fiction)

Many thanks to the editors of Foliate Oak, who published my short story, “The Lake,” in their December Issue. The story is part of a larger collection on the neglected and easily forgotten, The Lonely Young and the Lonely Old. An .mp3 of my reading of it is available here. A YouTube page of that reading…