Author Archives: farkasca

On Clean Breaks

I feel rather as though I ended a long-term relationship, but then had to spend the last month living in a shared apartment: I hated to bring to an end something that I loved, but having taken that fateful step, … Continue reading

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On Untimely Loss

For Kimberly. I needed a poem about loss.  Or rather, I needed a poem about death—your death, the loss of you, my loss.  And while I know that death and loss must be right up there with love as a … Continue reading

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On Knowing When to Commit

I’m giving my notice today: if Equinox doesn’t #committosomething and end its ties with Stephen Ross, and by extension the Trump government, my 12 years as an Equinox member will come to an end. Here’s why: The real shock of … Continue reading

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On the Refusal of Service

One of the pleasures of a certain kind of Boston life, is to spend an afternoon reading and writing in the Public Library. The BPL, like all libraries, is an amazing phenomenon, a space dedicated to learning, to the sharing … Continue reading

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On Being Off

“Do nothing, and everything gets done” (Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh) I just spent the last two months unplugged. That is, for the last several weeks, I’ve been on a social media diet, on a retreat from all forms … Continue reading

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On Rules

“Thus conscience does make cowards of us all…” (Shakespeare, Hamlet, III.i) “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” (Emerson, “Self-Reliance”) “Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” (H.L. Mencken) “But people don’t do such things!” … Continue reading

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On Urgency

“She would of been a good woman,” The Misfit said, “if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.” (“A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Connor) “Depend upon it, sir, when a man … Continue reading

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