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…


Photo by Travis Yewell on Unsplash

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…


MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT (2010/MOMA)

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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