About This Blog

I gave some thought to the focus of this blog, what ties its content together and what a regular reader might come to expect here. It is occasionally about the pleasures and pitfalls of the writing life, but more often it is about the stories we tell, the language we use and how they shape the way we see the world and interact with one another.

I am fascinated when I discover cultural blind spots– especially my own– as reflected in the most popular article ever posted here: The Invisible Famine in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. (That was true when I first wrote this. Now the most popular article on this site is Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves.)

Story and Self will regularly examine areas where a single story has permeated our culture, whether it be about tortured ballet dancers or  what it means for a story to have a happy end.

It questions assumptions about what it means to be a failure, what we say to women about beauty, the identity categories we maintain, and what we mean when we evoke the notion of “tradition.

I like to look to other cultures and other time periods for what they reveal about things we take for granted.

This blog will examine the words we use, the sometimes icky ways we frame our discussions, and will not be satisfied with an either/or choice when the real question should be in what context?

I will inevitably also include occasional discussions related to whatever book I happen to be working on at the moment or odd subjects that capture my interest. (Adam Ant and David Hallberg for example.)

So that’s it in a nutshell– writing, reading, the stories we tell and the powerful impact stories have on our lives.



  1. I am very much enjoying your blog. Is there any way to subscribe to it so that I receive notice of new posts? I’ve browsed your site yet cannot seem to find a way.

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