Pelican

The waves on the thin water of the bay are white speedboats, zooming, zooming in. The little sandpipers ducking and bobbing and tweeting their handmaiden dances under the watchful eye of their skylark guards, broad-winged and sharp. Just one pelican,Read more…

Schism

In Aristotle’s Nichomachean ethics, he says virtues don’t exist as opposites to vices, but among them, in the strain between them. Bravery, for example, is not in the absence of fear, but inside the tension between fear and rage. TemperanceRead more…

A Race

The rumpled folds of the middle of Italy. An undisclosed hour in the night. The thick shutters are locked back against the villa. The big-paned windows, slightly wavy with their slow, liquid sink through time, invite the racing wind intoRead more…