The Promo Photo for the HBO show the Undoing, paired with the text for the essay, When Willy K. Frolicked and I Shoveled His Snow, and a photo of Pietro Di Donato.

SPOILER ALERT: While I don’t think this piece contains any spoilers for the show, I would recommend not reading it if you have not seen the show or plan to in the future.

On its surface, the HBO limited series “The Undoing” is a classic psychological thriller and whodunit. But…

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In a Pandemic, the Songs We Loved as Kids May Save Us As Adults

I had a moment while shopping in a Publix a couple of months into the pandemic. I was wearing a mask, as were most customers, and shopping for many of the things I often get at this one particular store. Bread, milk, broccoli rabe, crushed tomatoes, sardines. The usual things…


Sometimes the only reason you need to start something is to see if you can finish it. That was the main reason I started the #InstagramBookProject 40 days ago. My goal was simple: take a photo of a book in my collection; share it on Instagram with a short post…

Still from Frank Borzage’s 1932 adaptation of A Farewell to Arms.

There is an oft-quoted line from Ernest Hemingway’s novel, A Farewell to Arms:

The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one.

The problem with this quote is that it’s not entirely accurate. The real quote is:

“The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one?”

It’s a…

Joe Pagetta

Museum professional, arts writer and personal essayist whose writing has appeared in America: The Jesuit Review, Chapter 16, Wordpeace, Ovunque Siamo and more.

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