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Losing My Religion Archive

A Chanukah Song

Friday, December 15th, 2006

“Excuse me,” the waiter in the fancy Italian restaurant said as I waited for my wife to arrive. I was just getting into my first Beefeater martini on the coldest day of the year, eavesdropping on a mother dining with her teenage girl.
“No disrespect,” he said, with a hard-to-place accent, a black guy with green [...]

Father Peter, Bob Seger and Me

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Father Peter is on the dance floor with Charlotte Cohen. The priest has a salt-and-pepper beard, a decade lighter than the high shocked ‘fro of my mom’s best friend. They both do a tight speedy waltz to the up-tempo rock the DJ roll s with at our wedding. The Big Day was last month in [...]

Hocus-Pocus, The Lord in Focus

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

Julie’s cousin is 12 years old and she’s beautiful. She’s just in Toronto from Greece and got a camera for her last birthday, so she keeps snapping my photograph as I stand on the altar trying not to cry.
In the first pew, between her parents, Julie has lost this battle and I try to look [...]

In the Beginning, There Was Sober Sex

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

The girl’s name was Heidi. I was at the Acme bar on New York City?s Great Jones Street checking out my friend’s punk band with a buddy who was visiting from L.A. We were supposed to be going to Europe with money I’d earned from a story about my erectile dysfunction for New York magazine. [...]

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