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Soul Proprietor

From Sentence, a memoir, which will be published next month by Viking. The entire time I was in prison, I owned a typewriter, and it was on this typewriter that…

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Life Is a Box of Chocolates

Wise heads tell us we act first, or decide to act first, and reason afterward. What could be put down in black and white as to why we took up…

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Blood Ties

From Let the Record Show, a history of ACT UP New York, which was published last month by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It’s March 2018. I have been struggling with…

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From “Inside Stories,” an essay published in the Winter 2021 issue of Five Points. I used to visit an elderly woman who lived in a single room in an apartment…

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The Grove

Then she suggested I make a list of all the things I’m grateful for. No entry is too small or mundane: access to clean water, fast internet, the weeping habit…

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On Defense

Twenty-five years of fighting mass incarceration in court

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Carrying On

My first years in America

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Sorry to Bother You

From purposes of phone calls made by New York City residents to 3-1-1, a help line for information and non-emergency government services.  To discuss a neighbor who hangs underwear out…

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April 2020

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