I Hate My Glasses

Glasses, you can’t live with them, can’t live without them

In 7th grade, on a particularly warm day in Wisconsin, I was walking to school with a friend. The world looked watery, as if everything …

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When you put on the wrong glasses, you see confusion. Until now an abstract noun, in this blur it is clear. Remove the offending lenses …

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Better Up than Down the Staircase Pt. II

I make it about halfway down the first flight. I’m embarrassed, without the confidence to continue. Suddenly, one woman loudly exhales and whispers up the …

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Better Up than Down the Staircase Pt. I

“Please go on without me. I’ll see you down in front,” I tell my companions even though I don’t know how I’m going to safely …

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The First Pair

Looking for your glasses, I have become familiar with the floor of your classroom. Squatting by red and blue shelves, I find Scrabble tiles, mostly …

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The Plight for Sight Pt. II

The following day I woke up early before school to give myself extra time for securing the contacts on my eyes. I laid out the …

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David King Dunaway

David is an oral historian and a biographer in print, radio, and podcast. Among other projects, for the last thirty years he has documented the work of Pete Seeger, resulting in How Can I Keep From Singing? The Ballad of Pete Seeger, published by McGraw Hill in 1981 and revised, updated, and republished by Villard/Ballantine, 2008.