What is the place or object from your childhood that you most think about when you think about home?

When I was seventeen, I was told to hunker down. I was in an acting class and had just spent about fifteen minutes improvising a scene played out on a tightrope between the life I was living and the one I’d just created for my character. Real Life Improv - that’s what my teacher called …

A child needs to do one thing over and over to calm himself down when the adults get angry. What does he do? How does he learn it?

A foot's tap Is his music, A bird's chirp: That's his music. And at six, Vibrating his lips, Slapping his knees, And a clock's tick Puts Max to sleep.   Mother's expletives Sound best With eyes shut. And a bottle's clink When thrown at the sink Is Max's music.   Shutting one ear Then opening it again Changes …

The Worst

When you first step out of a shower and it’s the absolute coldest of all the cold rooms you’ve ever been in...Let me break it down for you. You’re in the shower. It took a second, but you finally got it to the right temperature. The steam is rolling around you. It’s a little trippy …