Cultivating Connections

How the Inner Loop helped me forge important bonds.

Remembering Tom Glenn

One of the Independent’s most cherished contributors is gone.

From Baltimore, with Love

Finding my words — and myself — in Charm City.

The Power of the Pen

Epistolary novels aren’t dead yet.

Reflections on a Year of Reading

Ushering in 2023 with a look back at 2022.

Matty Selman: An Appreciation

Perusing a fellow Staten Islander’s Satchel of Dreams.

What Is “I Have No Idea,” Ken?

I owe my recent “Jeopardy!” appearance — and spectacular flame-out — to books.

Cormac McCarthy’s Dual, Dark New Offerings

The Passenger and Stella Maris embrace dystopia with lopsided degrees of success.