Selected Essays

Undocumented and Transgender

"Every client receives a guarantee. 'I don’t promise that I’ll get them housing, and I don’t promise they’ll get a green card,' Corado says. 'What I do promise is that they won’t struggle alone. They will have love.'” - Yes! Magazine


My Five-Day Visit to An Abbey Let me Embrace Stillness and Silence

"There was a time when our days were shaped by the sun. We rose with its rising, stopped to eat at its zenith, and were asleep when its light was gone . . . I traveled back to such a time for five early-autumn days in rolling Kentucky farmland." - Yes! Magazine


The Villain's Advantage

"Love takes time. Isolated acts can have great power, whether it’s giving up a seat on the bus or digging a well in Africa, but it’s the accumulation of such moments that transforms a frightened soul into an open one." - TIkkun Daily


My Half-Century with The Sound of Music

"It gives us the experience of a young woman who struggles to discover her true calling, a man surprised by life just when he thought his future was proscribed, and children who, made aware of love, wake up to the beauty and joy that surround them." - Cultural Weekly


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"At the heart of this story lies the relationship between a student and her teacher, a man who challenges and annoys and demands the impossible." - On Being


Just above the buttocks

"Forster and Carpenter can sit by the fire and talk about Socialism and Cambridge and Lytton Strachey’s beard. George and I will be out among the fireflies, then sneak down the road to the Royal Oak for a pint." - Tin House


Remembrance that Pales in comparison

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"IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT BEAUTY AND GRACE DIED ON THE BATTLEFIELDS OF THE WESTERN FRONT BETWEEN 1914 AND 1918. BUT THE WAR ALSO SUCCEEDED IN BREAKING THROUGH THE CORSETED SNOBBERY OF VICTORIAN GRANDE DAMES AND THE SELF-INDULGENCE OF EDWARDIAN AESTHETES." - THE WASHINGTON POST


Found In Translation

"The first red flag went up within moments of arriving at the theater, when artistic director Ursula Cetinski mentioned casually, 'Of course, we cut a bit of your text.'" - HowlRound


"I SAY SHAKESPEARE’S ONE OF US. LIKE MY STUDENTS, LIKE THE THOUSANDS WHO GROW UP READING AND ATTENDING HIS PLAYS, LIKE THE ACTORS WHO CONTINUE TO BRING HIS WORK TO LIFE, SHAKESPEARE IS THE 99 PERCENT." - WAMU-FM


"Homosexual men in the literary canon seldom take center stage, but there’s no doubting their presence . . .  One wonders about Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities but has no doubts about Moby Dick’s Queequeg, who smothers Ishmael in his 'bridegroom clasp.'" - Tin House