Posts by Austin Ross

Keeper of the Hidden Sins: Miracles and Michael Clayton photo
July 2, 2022 | The Paranoid View

Keeper of the Hidden Sins: Miracles and Michael Clayton

Austin Ross

There was a summer when I was about eleven or twelve when my friend Jacob and I would wake up early—around five or six—and ride our bikes down to Kroger to buy small translucent tubs of chicken

A Terrible Scream: Death and Blow Out photo
April 30, 2022 | The Paranoid View

A Terrible Scream: Death and Blow Out

Austin Ross

I’ll never forget it. There was a long line of trees to the right of the mound whose trunks had been snapped in half like pencils. The ground was littered with broken glass and bits of paper. And at

Everything Matters: The Future and Prisoners photo
March 26, 2022 | The Paranoid View

Everything Matters: The Future and Prisoners

Austin Ross

In the summer of 2017, my wife and I drove from Philadelphia to New York City for a weekend family reunion. She was seven months’ pregnant with our first child—in the third trimester but still far

Waiting for the Sun to Shine: The Past and Taxi Driver photo
February 26, 2022 | The Paranoid View

Waiting for the Sun to Shine: The Past and Taxi Driver

Austin Ross

In December 1969, the fate of thousands was discovered through televised lottery. All three-hundred and sixty-six days of the year, including the 29th of February, had been typed on one-by-four-inch

The Devil’s Interval: Memory and The Conversation photo
January 29, 2022 | The Paranoid View

The Devil’s Interval: Memory and The Conversation

Austin Ross

I remember the first time I saw The Conversation. I was probably fourteen or so, far too obsessed with the overly opinionated and obstinate author and film critic Harlan Ellison...

My Son's First Haircut photo
June 8, 2019 | My First...

My Son's First Haircut

Austin Ross

We’ve taken our son, my wife and I, to get his first haircut. He is nearly two, and once I place him in the seat they’ve fashioned from a toy airplane, they play him some Elmo to placate him—oddly

A Hungry Bear Does Not Dance photo
August 9, 2018 | Long(ish) Stories

A Hungry Bear Does Not Dance

Austin Ross

This is later, after the White House, after he has returned to San Clemente. He has shed the name Nixon, that iron albatross around his neck, and instead now calls himself Milhous. He savors the sound of it on his tongue, rolling it around like a sculptor molding clay on a pottery wheel. He speaks it like an incantation. It does not sound like the past; it instead glimmers faintly with the potential of new life.