It does seem appropriate that now, when I have about 1 week left in Paris, my $6 floss just ran out. Not sure what that says about my flossing habits. At this stage I am feeling mostly ready to move back. Paris in July is a bit of a hassle. It’s more crowded with tourists … Continue reading


Write-A-Thon Revisited

It was quite some time ago when I first said I was going to do a write-a-thon, but on Friday when I sat down to start working in the morning I happened to look at the calendar to see how many days I had remaining in Paris, and lo and behold there were exactly 26. … Continue reading


Savion Glover

I almost didn’t go to this show. Savion Glover, at the Théatre de la Ville. I’d had a tiring day, Paris is kind of hot and sticky at the moment, and navigating public transportation has been no fun at all. I saw Savion Glover in San Francisco about 10 years ago, and I was rationalizing … Continue reading



Hands down best day ever in Paris. Here are all the things gone right. Adorable children listen in rapt attention as I first tell them the story of the Raft of the Medusa, then the Oath of the Horatii, in preparation for visit to the Louvre. This happened over a wonderful baguette-and-croissant breakfast. Visit to … Continue reading


Thoughts on Gaslighting

I started thinking about the subject of gaslighting recently, NOT because it relates to anything going on in my life right now, but because something outside of my life reminded me of the experience, and I realized, hey, I can actually blog about this without fear that someone in my life will read it and … Continue reading


Handling the Clutter

When I worked as a personal assistant, my primary job was to organize and simplify my boss’s life. I would arrive at the office approximately one hour before her. I would check her voicemail and open her mail (I imagine that were I doing this now, checking email would be a part of this routine). … Continue reading

Philippe Auguste Hennequin, The Remorse of Orestes, 1800


I am trying to persevere, but I feel extraordinarily discouraged and overwhelmed on a daily basis. There is so much work to do on this project and not only am I not progressing quickly enough, I also just can’t see how I will ever be able to. Having these kinds of thoughts just reinforces that … Continue reading


Mell. Or, write like a gangster.

[I caught the above image when riding the bus yesterday: tough-looking middle-aged men eating at “Mell,” a weird echo of the sidewalk gatherings at Satriale’s Pork Store in The Sopranos. The photo is only loosely related to this post.] In Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks, Wendy Belcher points out that Writing is to … Continue reading


Are you there friends? It’s me, Pia.

I have 74 days left on this trip. I need to write, and it is fucking hard. I don’t know if it’s harder because I’m single, but it does suck to not have any one person to be mad at for not supporting me in all the ways that I need. Because yeah, I know … Continue reading


Student Loan Debt and its Vicissitudes

A couple of weeks ago, a colleague asked me to write to a prospective MA student about why he should come to our program with funding, rather than going to More Prestigious Program without subsidy. Knowing that I had incurred quite a hefty sum of student loan debt in the course of acquiring my PhD, … Continue reading