essay about love in the Huffington Post is pretty seminal. Considering how many people read the HuffPo, I see this moment as another step in my slow trajectory as an emerging (non)fiction writer, slowly getting his writing out there to the world, slowly building a readership. So for that, I say many thanks and cheers.
Good Men Project entitled "How to Stay in Love." I wrote this piece about LB partially because I'm still crazy in love 6 years after we started dating, and partially because the older I get, the more I realize how uniquely awesome our relationship is (+ I should know, I'd had tons of shitty relationships in my life, so I've got a point of reference). Anyway, Kristin Shorten, an Australian journalist from News emailed me last Monday + asked if they could republish my essay on one of Australia's top news websites. And I was like: fuck yeah! So here's an abridged republication of my essay, "How to Stay in Love" in the lifestyle section of News.com in Australia, along with a few pics of LB + me in Socal + Buenos Aires for your viewing pleasure. I've also included, just for the hell of it, a picture of the front page, just to give you some context of where my essay fits within the bigger picture of today's news cycle on this website + why it got republished in journals + news engines like The Herald Sun, Courier Mail, News Whip + Optus Zoo, among others. My essay was even republished on a German website called Ad Hoc News with a picture of Michael Jackson!
There are a lot of things I'm not qualified to write about (of course, this has never stopped writers before). But one of the things I feel I'm eminently qualified to do is write about love. I've been in love more than once. I've been in too many relationships to count. Some of them have been horrendous slogs, others ephemeral + dramatic flare-ups, + quite a few fell somewhere in between. Either way, one thing I'm good at is connected to one thing I believe in wholeheartedly, which is the capacity for humans to love + the redemptive place that love can play in our culture. My life would have no value without it. My best writing comes from a place of love (of characters, places, experiences, languages, ideas, etc., etc.). My best relationships are overflowing with that stuff too. Anyway, this time I wrote a lyrical essay about my relationship with LB, which the Good Men Project was happy to publish because they love it when men talk about love. If you have time, I hope you'll read it + tell me what you think about my piece, "How to Stay in Love."