Personal and Otherwise

Personal and Otherwise — October 13, 2014, 12:00 pm

On Getting Wasted

Among the hoarders and junk haulers of Charleston

Personal and Otherwise — July 10, 2014, 12:15 pm

God Lives on Lemon Street

An ex–Jehovah’s Witness visits Watchtower headquarters

Jehovah’s Witnesses Watchtower building, Brooklyn. ©© Clemens v. Vogelsang (Flickr)

Personal and Otherwise — March 27, 2014, 12:08 pm

Death at the Serena

Remembering Ahmad Sardar and his family

Vigil for Ahmad Sardar and his family © AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini

Personal and Otherwise — December 20, 2013, 8:00 am

Recollections of My Christmas Tree

“One thing is for certain — I wouldn’t want to be a Christmas tree”

Harper's Magazine (February 1901)

Personal and Otherwise — November 21, 2013, 8:00 am

How Maradona Explains the Word

Interpreting my South American interpreter

Diego Maradona, 1986 World Cup

Personal and Otherwise — August 22, 2013, 12:56 pm

Occupied by The Newsroom

On inspiring (probably, maybe) a Newsroom plot arc

Still from The Newsroom. © HBO

Personal and Otherwise — August 21, 2013, 8:00 am

America by the Yard

From Baghdad to the Menard County Fair

A Perfect Cow (October 1878)

Personal and Otherwise — June 19, 2013, 9:00 am

Photograph With Shirley

The author writes about the inspiration for “May I Touch Your Hair?” (July 2013)

Julie and Shirley (thumb)

Personal and Otherwise — March 19, 2013, 1:29 pm

Mr. Shorris Is Dreaming

Earl Shorris and The Art of Freedom

Earl Shorris in Buenos Aires (clementecourse.org)

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