How I Became an American Ghost in the Czech Highlands

How I Became an American Ghost in the Czech Highlands

On my final day living in the Czech Highlands, yellow light from the train station hovered over the snow falling on the tracks. It was a cold December night, and my friends had kept me out drinking until the last train left Havlíčkův Brod at midnight. I found a car...
Tedium – The Bartendress in the Center of Nowhere

Tedium – The Bartendress in the Center of Nowhere

Numbed and on edge after surviving the drive through a night of torrential rain, with lightning piercing through the dark like a strobe light in a throbbing dance club, Jarette had arrived in Middlegate, Nevada. A speck in the center of nowhere. My mind feels like...
The Blue-Eyed Woman from Hanoi

The Blue-Eyed Woman from Hanoi

I went to Vietnam to surf and was forgiven for a war. My knees were bent and nearly touching my stomach as I sat in a small, red plastic chair. I was dripping with sweat and sipping a beer on the curbside of a corner bia hoi in Hanoi, Vietnam. Feeling like a...
Tedium – Rock ‘n’ Roll Meltdown

Tedium – Rock ‘n’ Roll Meltdown

The distant clouds rose up like snarling beasts curling and black. Bursts of lightning streaked across them. Electric eels swirling and dancing against the demonic darkness. It was as if the deepest depths of the ocean had become the sky and Jarette drove toward it....
My Nights as a Club DJ in Prague in the 90s

My Nights as a Club DJ in Prague in the 90s

The night the avant-garde German theater group performed at the Roxy Klub in Prague between the sets I was DJing, I knew it would get weird. When the troupe lit an explosive, and it went off in the center of the dance floor, it caused several chunks of the plaster...