Maybe it’s still too early to go shopping for storage bins?

Don’t blame Marie Kondo — the The Container Store is an ancient problem. Photo by the author.

I was in the middle of reading Euripides’s tragedy The Bacchae the other day — the Emily Wilson translation, with its remarkable fluidity, like “a filly running / beside her mother in the pasture” — when I had to take a subway trip into Manhattan to pick up an order at The Container Store. I did not want to leave my chair in Brooklyn and the chill of the ancient world; I had come to the moment in the play when the first messenger arrives from Mount Cithaeron and…


My backup — articles, transcripts, books and CDs — for magazine assignments, 2007–2009

In 2008 I had an assignment from The New York Times Magazine to write a profile of the charismatic Christian star and multi-platform prosperity preacher Paula White — at the time she had a national following in the brash, Botoxed world of the Trinity Broadcasting Network and for her popular talk show on BET, but the kind of “breakthrough” (one of her favorite words) that’s lately found her laying hands on POTUS during prayer meetings in the Oval Office and leading the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative would have seemed, well, pretty far-fetched.

Back then, White and her ex-husband…

Benjamin Anastas

Novelist and author of a memoir. Teaches literature and writing at Bennington College; also writes essays, literary journalism, and book reviews.

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