Tag Archives: Adam Nathan

2015 Maine Literary Awards May 13

2015 Maine Literary Awards Finalist – The Westgate House

A surprise piece of news this morning: I received notice I’d been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Maine Literary Awards Nonfiction Short Works category. The excerpts below – that made up the submission – are part of a larger piece called The Christmas Letters. Some of you are familiar with another excerpt from […]

June 02

The Well-Tempered Songbook: #46 Bennie and the Jets, Elton John

   Warm June applause explodes and sparkles on the brick cobblestone. We are drenched to the bone in liquid helium, but we have not yet floated out of the Columbia University in the City of New York Stadium. * She’s got electric boobs, a Mohawk suit, You know I read it in a magazine…   Tony […]

May 04

The Well-Tempered Songbook: #47 – Love Is in the Air, John Paul Young

We were identified to the group as guys that wanted to be cool long after high school was over or something to that effect. The trainer told us we were to find, borrow, or purchase pink ballerina tutus and white t-shirts before we came back the next morning.

Mad Men Predictions through New Year’s 1970

Melanie and I spent date night on Saturday having sushi and plotting out the major developments of Mad Men between now and the end of the show – which we believe runs through next season. We were watching “Sunday’s” episode last night and she scolded me for not posting them earlier because – we believe […]

My New Ringtone



December 13

The Well-Tempered Songbook: #49 – Happy Xmas (War Is Over), John Lennon

I didn’t like his pasty skin or his circular wire glasses. His long, unkempt hair formed two crescents down both sides of his face, and I didn’t know why anyone would wear their hair to make it look ugly.

November 17

First Kiss

If you had to watch all the first kisses of your entire life replayed on a videotape you’d really start to notice the problems piling up. Maybe you have a better reel than I do, but without the soft head rush of a good kiss to mask over the problems, the issues really start to […]

October 24

Photographs and Memories

An image of a man and his things – his precious, precious things – an image viewable only at a great distance, from some vast outer space of feeling, from the vacuum of gain and loss, from the breathtaking cosmos of memory with all its twinkling stars of ephemera.

October 12

My Wife

There is a kind of first impression recalibration you usually get when you meet people. There was the person you thought they were that first night, because they looked like somebody you knew in elementary school or your cousin or an actress or an old girlfriend. The first impression can be completely positive and you […]

My Daughter

Daughter – Loudon Wainwright III Everything she sees she says she wants. Everything she wants I see she gets. That’s my daughter in the water everything she owns I bought her Everything she owns. That’s my daughter in the water, everything she knows I taught her. Everything she knows. Everything I say she takes to heart. […]

My Son

“When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.” William Shakespeare

October 07

Camino de Santiago Photo of the Week – October 6, 2013

I found this image on Pinterest on a Camino board with the comment “Camino de Santiago – 1945 Life is a pilgrimage – find time to dance.” How great is this? <– September 29, 2013 Camino Photo of the Week Camino de Santiago Photo of the Week Archive Twitter: @caminophotoofwk Each week adamnathan.com features an […]

October 07

Camino de Santiago Photo of the Week – September 29, 2013

Three images from Yury Krylov’s collection here. This collection of exclusively black and white images from  Krylov’s camino is prefaced with the following note: Captured memories about places, friends and moments I’ve enjoyed along the Camino. Many kilometres travelled, many days lived. To reach the end and go back to show it to the world. […]

October 06

Chevy Vega vs. MGB

To be fair to Mom, there was a deep mantra at work in the family’s automotive life. The steady Tibetan drone of “cars are not toys, cars are not toys, cars are not toys” – helped remind me that cars are the neuron-thin floss that keep us tethered to the Spaceship Life and protect us […]