A Saturday Letter

Sebastian Stockman
Author interviews, essay, ephemera! There's always free cheddar in the mousetrap!
Created 20 Feb 2021
  • Happy New Year!
    04 Jan 2022 • 4 min read • 6 0
    Friday was both the last day of 2021 and, for Katie and me, the last day of our fourteenth year of marriage. Wait, that sounds weirdly ominous. All I mean is that it was our 14th wedding anniversary.1...
  • 🎶 Hurrah, Hurrah, Pennsylvan-i-a 🎶
    22 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 3 1
    The story under this Times headline sent me, appropriately enough, right to the bathroom. I dug through the stack of magazines we keep on the back of the toilet in search of a specific copy of the Uni...
  • We're Back!
    13 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    Long time readers might remember that I was on an episode of Better Read Than Dead last spring to talk about Janet Malcolm’s The Journalist and The Murderer. Since then (and since Malcolm’s death this...
  • Book Talk!
    30 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Hello subscribers new and old (one is silver and the other gold), As you may have noticed, this newsletter hasn’t been weekly since the beginning of the fall semester. “C’est la vie,” say the old folk...
  • They Don't Call it Art Friends
    11 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 9 7
    Grandma was the postmaster. Dorothy worked at the telephone office. Alice knew everybody. Many days a week, after work, these three would congregate and compare notes on the intelligence they’d gather...
  • A Saturday Letter Season 2
    06 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    To mark six months of this project … I took last week off. There’s a lot of stuff going on at Saturday Letter Headquarters, not least of which is prepping for the new semester at my other job — the on...
  • Weather's Here
    23 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 5 8
    We’re in soggy Great Barrington, Mass. (or, as a local bumper sticker has it, “Pretty Good Barrington”) out in the Berkshires this week, an annual weeklong getaway with my spouse’s family. My father-i...
  • Grief
    16 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 15 1
    My brother’s best friend died last week, in a freak accident. I hadn’t seen Justin since my brother’s wedding three years ago. We were both groomsmen. It’s impossible to say how often I’ve bumped into...
  • They Say Travel Broadens The Mind
    09 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 1 1
    Had my horizons expanded in the Nashville airport, on the way home from last week’s vacation. I spotted all sorts of things I’ve never seen in Cambridge, such as: — A man in a Black Rifle Coffee Compa...
  • Home and How to Get There
    01 Aug 2021 • 9 min read • 3 4
    Greetings, from a long-planned, possibly-reckless family beach vacation. The beach was wide and empty last night Anyway, we made it to South Carolina yesterday, and all seems to be well. If you’re vac...
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