Frank Episale is an editor, writer, educator, and theatre artist living and working in Brooklyn. He holds a BFA from New York University, an MA from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and an MPhil from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. This is his (infrequently updated) blog. He's pretty google-able, if you'd like to know more.

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New Leaves

As with bits of packing tape that get stuck to the roll when you're trying to peel a new piece, or like sheets of resin-coated photo paper glued together by humidity, my attempts at turning over a new leaf are always weighed down and made messy by remnants of pages I've failed to flip completely in the past. It's nearly impossible to remove what's left of the old layers without tearing what's underneath.



Rachel, Chris (Hayes), and Melissa should just start their own podcasting network.


To Those Considering Staying Home in November out of "Principle"...

Okay, Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, Radicals, Socialists, Independents, Leftists, Centrists, Libertarians, Anarchists, Pragmatists, Pacifists, Punks, Faeries, Queers, Humanists, etc...

David Duke and Jean-Marie Le Pen have both endorsed Trump. If you stay home in November, or if you don't vote on the national line, you're supporting Duke and Le Pen, the KKK and the National Front. Your principled stance will empower nativism and fascism.

Sometimes, choosing the "lesser of two evils" is crucial. Sometimes, voting "no!" is the most important thing you can do.


Candles from Orange Peels


Notes to self

Eat local when possible. Don't pour a drink until after you've done some exercise. Take a walk at lunchtime, even if you're busy. Avoid buying meat for yourself, but don't refuse it when it's served to you. Don't drink alone. Support small businesses. Pay more when necessary to achieve these things.

Also: be useful, if you can. Be kind whenever possible. And get some sleep.