So I’ve been co-hosting a monthly reading series in Chicago – Tuesday Funk – and as part of my co-hosting duties, I read very short “micro-essays” every month. Or, well, almost every month. I’m not much of a non-fiction writer…writing personal essays gives me the willies. So that seemed like a good enough reason to do it. Why not talk about personal stuff to a bunch of strangers every month?

Anyway, most of the time, I read the essay and then promptly bury it on my hard drive, but this month, my co-host Andrew Huff asked if I would post it on Gapers Block, his Chicago-centric blog extraordinaire. And since it’s already out there, I figured I might as well post it here too.

I give you… my musings on the 50th anniversary of The Giving Tree.

Oh and while I have you here… if you’re in Chicago on October 25th, won’t you come see me perform a two minute answer to the question “How do you do?”