Love in the Time of the Improvised Explosive Device

I opened junk drawer number one: no. Junk drawer number two: not in here. Maybe I was wrong.  Third and final junk drawer?  There it was.  I thought Elise had been storing our hammer in a new spot, but I couldn’t quite place where. Why did she have so many junk drawers, only to use […]

Why, yes, the new book does have a soundtrack, too-

It’s not done yet, the soundtrack, and neither is Love in the Time of the Improvised Explosive Device, the book. But if you want a hint of the feel and fun that’s coming to you THIS Dec. 21, have a listen to what exists so far. And let me know what you think! You might […]

The Pierley/Redford Dissociative Affect Diagnostic

Have you ever taken a test that made you feel really bad? I know, this could describe basically every single test you’ve ever taken in your life: the MCAT, court-appointed drug tests, the LSAT, paternity tests, colonoscopies, the SAT and the PSAT and the GRE, lots of other classist and ethnocentric little gates to allow […]

The New Espionage

When I was a kid, I loved spy novels. I couldn’t get enough of them. One summer I read all the spy novels I could find. And by the end of that summer, I was a total misogynist. This year I decided to check out current spy novels. You know, to see all the progress.  […]

The Plot

It was another beautiful night in Kabul. I was on the terrace, watching the bats flit around a neighboring floodlight and thinking over a few things. Earlier in the evening, in a kind and thoughtful gesture from the government of Afghanistan, a Colonel with the National Directorate of Security (NDS) stopped by and informed me […]