Miles Klee

Author of the novel IVYLAND (@ORBooks 2012). Contributor to @VanityFair, @LaphamsQuart, @DailyDot, @BlackBook, others. milesklee.tumblr.com


Repeat


I find I repeat myself constantly.

Sometimes not even myself. I repeat my mother and father, siblings, friends. I repeat the people I love and admire, the dead and the…


The Kids Are Alight


I’m embarrassed in retrospect by much of what I write, but nothing sickens quite like the music criticism published in my college newspaper. I railed against the students…


Furthermore


It’s never a problem of not enough, always one of too much.

Too much,” the reason a father written by Thomas Bernhard gives for murdering his numerous children…


Flaw


You’ve survived your shortcomings. This far.

I’m an experienced amateur when it comes to the sport of chess. Any halfway serious opponent could dismantle my defenses with…


Harm


Who is not in harm’s way? There is no other place.

But maybe we think of harm, of damage, as something that happens to objects, to bodies. In a bathroom at a bar in Queens…


Compression


A little goes a long way. Brevity is the soul of wit. Less is more. A spoonful weighs a ton. Give it to me in a nutshell. E pluribus unum. Etc.


Present


I can’t believe it’s now.

Now. I can’t believe in the present. Now. Every moment is part of a future, the past, and never part of a now. Right now I’m twenty-eight…


Repeat


I find I repeat myself constantly.

Sometimes not even myself. I repeat my mother and father, siblings, friends. I repeat the people I love and admire, the dead and the…


Afterthought


Let’s begin with the single representation of life that has ever made any sense.

As a young teenager, I traveled with my class on a trip to Washington, D.C. It…