I was at work yesterday, eating lunch with my colleagues, when I get a message over FB messenger from my friend Randon, an essayists work I deeply admire and whose friendship I deeply value, that said: YOU ARE A NOTABLE IN THIS YEARS BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS.
I immediately started weeping. The next thing I did was disbelieve and started searching for proof. When I found it I started weeping again.
The essay is called "Infirmary Music" and it's the basis for Chapter 8 of my memoir, This Is My Body. It was published by the Literary Review in their summer 2016 issue.
Sometimes you work your ass off for a long time and you hustle and you keep hustling and sometimes really wonderful, truly amazing things happen. This is one of them!
Wallace Stevens wrote, "After the final no there comes a yes/ and on that yes the future world depends."