Where I'm Writing Now

Just started a Tumblr to collect religious encounters and curiosities I come across. It's called Rector Street, after the subway station near Trinity Wall Street, where I work. 

I'm still writing a weekly blog for Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices.

Also, this is a thing I wrote about Mayor Koch for Trinity. 

Some of my best work is still on Twitter. 


The Avengers

The Avengers is like if Stan Lee and The Transformers franchise had a baby and Joss Whedon taught that baby to talk and then the baby came to your house and made a lot of noise for about half an hour longer than necessary.


Seen From My Office Window

1 old man watering plants on the roof
1 cruise ship
1 pink barge
3 guys in blue shirts repairing an air-conditioner
5 water taxis
Approximately 48 potted plants on various rooftops
2 grills
1 child's toy kitchen
21 deck chairs
2 gargoyles
5-8 construction workers on top of the roof of the building across the street.They war yellow vests and bang and drill and hoist almost every day.
The 9/11 Memorial
6 helicopters
1 American Flag
1 Stop sign
Innumerable tourists
New Jersey


A List of Some Clocks

A list of products offered by Elderhorst Bells which I wanted to share (can't quite explain why). 

Tower clocks
Canister clocks
Skeleton tower clocks
Silhouette clocks
Semi-flush front lighted clocks
Sufrace mounted dial clocks
Streetscape clocks
Bracket clocks
Post clocks
Interior clocks
Dimensional router cut surface mount dial clocks
Executive clocks
Architectural bells
Cast iron bronze bells
Clock and bell towers
Digital bells
Stationary bells
Swinging bells


The Subway Library March/April

I spend a lot of time underground holding a book in my hand, as many New Yorkers do. I've started to keep a list of books I see in the subway.

  • The Red Tent. A few years ago it seemed like everyone was reading this book. Someone on the 6 train is still reading this book. 
  • Kindle. Damn you, Kindle. 
  • A Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker. This book, according to the internet, includes a dream sea called Quiddity. I am considering reading this book based on that fact.
  • Something in Greek. I took a couple of semesters of ancient Greek in college, but a) I've forgotten everything I learned and b) the book is most likely not in ancient Greek. So I can't tell you what the name or author of the book is. 
  • Kraken by China Mieville. I listened to the audiobook. A fun thing to listen to while you are cleaning your room, though I'd recommend reading it. Crazy stuff happens in China Mielville's books, and if you are listening to it being read by some guy with a thick British accent while you are stuffing old clothes into the closet or under the bed, you might get confused. 
  • The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edumund de Waal. About a collection of netsuke. I just learned what netsuke is! 
  • Reamde by Neal Stephenson - Wikipedia calls this "speculative fiction." I would like to announce that I am working on a speculative nonfiction book. 
  • Hotel Vendome by Danielle Steal - This book is about "ultra-glamorous world of a five-star New York hotel, and brings to vivid life the man who builds it as his dream, the girl who grows up in its loving embrace, and the colorful guests and staff who make its magic complete." Yes it is. 
  • iPad - If ever get an iPad, I will never use it to read a book. I will only read Wired and play Fruit Ninja. I promise. 
  • The Faded Sun: Kesrith by C. J. Cherryh  - The first book in a science fiction Trilogy. 
  • The Host - Stephanie Meyer's book for grownups. There's going to a movie, but it's not this move (which is awesome). 
  • The Hunger Games - Of course The Hunger Games. 
  • 3 eReaders in one subway car
  • PNF in Practice - PNF stands for Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation stretching. Perfect subway reading. 
  • Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion - I am ashamed to say I have not read this. 
  • The Wolf by Jodi Picault - While I was working at the 92nd Street Y Katie Couric interviewed Jodi Picault. The most entertaining part was where Picault made Couric howl like a wolf, and then she howled back. They did that for about thirty seconds. It was the most entertaining part of the interview. 

The Art of Bi-Location

I wonder how everyone around me sits quietly at their desks for hours while I get up to go to the bathroom or get a drink of water every twenty minutes. How do they stay in one place for so long? Then I realize they are not really here at all. They are in the future at the party tonight or in the past at yesterday's football game. They are deep in conversation with significant others and in the midst of protests in Tahrir Square.  

We have mastered the art of bi-location. I am here and I am not here. I am with you; I am at work. I am with my friends on Facebook; I am chatting with someone in Texas. I am diffuse and probably a little unfocused. I am not really anywhere, and I don't really want to be anywhere I am. In the future we won't die, we'll simply dissolve into the ether.  



Wednesday. Outside the sun is shining off the steal walls of the building next door. The siding is aluminum and embossed with triangular designs all the way up the twenty or so floors. I can hear trucks idling at a red light on the street below. I can hear someone talking on the phone in the cubicle next to my office. I think I'd rather be at the library.

On an unrelated note, check out my posts about church leadership issues at Vital Practices. They'll be posting them every Monday.

Lunch is over. Back to work.