Fairy Tale

“My mother couldn’t believe the Queen’s hats. My mother disliked birds and hats.” Queen Elizabeth II in New Zealand, 1953. Licensed under CC0 2.0. When the Queen of Tuvalu died, I remembered. My parents were pleased that at ten years old I liked Mark Twain. And then they discovered that, as with Cleo the Talking … Read more

If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Auschwitz: On Jerry Stahl’s “Nein, Nein, Nein! One Man’s Tale of Depression, Psychic Torment, and a Bus Tour of the Holocaust”

SEPTEMBER 1, 2022 ONE TIME, AT A friend’s 50th birthday party, I appeared in a black unitard and heels, cued up the music, and performed Beyoncé’s dance to “Single Ladies.” I did the bit because I knew it was foolproof: just the sight of me in the unitard (I am neither young, nor slim, nor … Read more