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Thomas Beller is the author of two books of fiction, Seduction Theory, and The Sleep-Over Artist, and a collection of personal essays, How To Be a Man. The Sleep-Over Artist was a NY Times Notable Book, and a LA Times Best Book 2000. A former staff writer at the New Yorker Magazine and the Cambodia Daily, he is currently a contributing editor at Travel and Leisure Magazine. He founded and for twenty years co-edited Open City Magazine, and created the literary website about New York, Mrbellersneighborhood.com. He divides his time between New York and New Orleans, where he teaches writing at Tulane University. Thomas Beller is author of the books two works of fiction, Seduction Theory, The Sleep-Over Artist, and an essay collection called How to Be A Man. He was a founder and editor of Open City Magazine, and of the literary web site devoted to New York City nonfiction, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood. He contributes regularly to Travel and Leisure Magazine, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He is currently working on a biography of J.D. Salinger, a novel, and essays. He teaches at Tulane University in New Orleans.

When Getting Your Hands Dirty Is More Than Just a Mess

When Getting Your Hands Dirty Is More Than Just a Mess

I was digging a ditch behind my house when my son came home from preschool and started making faces at me in the kitchen window. They were unusual faces. The shovel was in my hands. He looked at it. I was standing over the ditch — a narrow slit on the ground that had already filled MORE »

Iguana Nights: Learning About Gratitude in Three Words

Iguana Nights: Learning About Gratitude in Three Words

1. The extent to which the following  may speak to you may depend on your feelings about  German accents. I happen to have highly conflicted feelings about German accents, as anyone whose ancestors had to escape the holocaust would, with the complication being that many of those ancestors were German. Unless it is shouted, or MORE »

How I Lost My American Express Card and Why It’s Not My Fault

How I Lost My American Express Card and Why It’s Not My Fault

I lost my American Express card at 10:30PM on the first night of our holiday travels. It happened at Torch 85, a colorfully titled truck stop/restaurant just outside the Tuskegee National Forest in Alabama, but  I did not realize I had lost it until I drove for another hour and stiffly emerged from the car MORE »

We Are Not Calm People: What Happens When The Heat Goes Out

We Are Not Calm People: What Happens When The Heat Goes Out

One night recently there was a cold snap. We cranked the heat. Bedtime was cozy. Then, in the middle of the night, the heater went out. I got up in the darkness and peered at the dead eye of the digital thermostat, holding my iPhone up to it like a candle or a kerosene lamp. MORE »

How to Cheer Up Your Kid at Urgent Care

How to Cheer Up Your Kid at Urgent Care

For nearly a month now, I’ve walked around with a pair of blue latex gloves stuffed down at the bottom of my shoulder bag. They are scrunched purple smudges.  I hardly see them  anymore. But just now I paused to stare at them before sliding my computer in on top of them, and remembered why MORE »

The Lovesick Diet and The Three Stages of Man

The Lovesick Diet and The Three Stages of Man

It’s been less than twenty four hours since I was sitting in a big easy chair at a friend’s house with two other guys on the couch beside me, all of us oriented towards the television while we traded stories in that half distracted way of guys watching a football game.  I write while still MORE »

On Sharing Candy

On Sharing Candy

Elizabeth asked Alexander to get her a slice of cheese. Evangeline sat across the table from her, and I was futzing around with some dinner, having arrived home late. Alexander, age two, walked in his purposeful way from the table to the fridge. He opened the fridge, then opened the little drawer where the cheese MORE »

Empathy and Stopwatches: Making Sense of The Common Core Curriculum

Empathy and Stopwatches: Making Sense of The Common Core Curriculum

My daughter is in first grade and doing very well in school. It's a charter school in New Orleans. I am not even sure what, exactly this means. Is it a magnet school? No. Do you have to test to get in? Only if you are not in the district. Were we happy when she got in? Very.

The Story Teller and Family Life

The Story Teller and Family Life

1. I saw a girl walking quickly after a boy on the sidelines of a high school football game, recently. Neither were running, exactly, but something was going on. He was wearing a white hat. The girl passed my Evangeline, who came up to her waist, more or less, and tapped her on the chest. MORE »

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