I am broken and heartbroken today. This is sometimes my answer when people ask me how I am, which as you can imagine gives them pause. I find myself explaining what I mean quite often. And so I thought I’d do it here as well.
Those who have spent any time with me know know that I draw a great deal from the life and the writing of David Foster Wallace. Without him ever knowing me, our lives became intertwined the day he committed suicide. The particulars of those events are relevant for this little story. What is important is […]
Ze Frank has always been one of my favorite Internet folks. And this piece is particularly poignant because every person has — at some point — faced the crushing weight of starting over.
A decade has passed since that awful day on September 11, 2001. In terms of your memory, that’s a long time. The major moments tend to stick, but the bits and pieces of it all flitter away into the mind, gone from most purposeful thought. What it leaves, though, is a filtered version of the […]
I met this dude in 1996, the year I rolled into Austin. We worked together at Trudy’s. We also became best friends over a bottle of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey while discussing how we’d ended up in Austin. The short story: the women we’d been with decided to not be with us. Good enough: we bonded […]
Grades don’t matter. This is what I tell my students ever week throughout the school year. Education is about the process, I tell them as they roll their eyes, not the product. I implore them to focus on squeezing out every bit of knowledge from their assignments. I want them to attack uncertainty without fear […]
If you ever wonder why I teach, and why I do the things that I do…this is the best explanation I can give. Since I approve this message, you can be sure the language is not anywhere near safe for work: This is Taylor Mali, a teacher and slam poet. You can visit his website […]