iván BRAVE

Writer

George and Hannah

George and Hannah

1 April 2020

There once was a secretary and a school teacher who loved each other very much, but they seemed to always argue over the children. They were hers, he said. She should do more to take care of them. Yeah, but I’m more busy than you, and you live in my house, which I pay for. […]

Dream Job(s)

Dream Job(s)

28 March 2020

When I was a kid, I dreamed of being the main character of a video game. The game was about saving a princess, helping helpless villagers, and destroying the evil green-faced bad guy, who would stop at nothing to gain absolute power. He was powerful enough as is, but he wanted everyone else to bow […]

Snow Impatient

Snow Impatient

21 March 2020

There’s nothing I hate more than wasting time, except talking about it. Yet I knew there was a pointless fight to be had as soon as I got home from the office. So I took the highway, hoping to speed down the left lane, get to my wife quicker than usual, and get the argument […]

(Self-)Parental Guidance

(Self-)Parental Guidance

18 March 2020

An open letter to a fifteen year old. Dear you,   Look me in the eyes. Are you happy? The answer is No.   I’m going to do my best to transmit to you, through space and time, a message of hope and encouragement. Hope because we need to unleash some demons, followed swiftly by […]

To Circumscribe: the Greater Literary Technique (and an emotional story to prove it)

To Circumscribe: the Greater Literary Technique (and an emotional story to prove it)

14 March 2020

Circumscribe, v.1. restrict something within limits.2. [geometry] draw a figure round another, touching it at points but not cutting it.Origin: Latin circum “around” + scribere “to write”   I.   Just as the word describe comes from the Latin “to write down,” let us reconsider a similar word, largely ignored from math class, to create […]

My Biggest Mistake in Life and Why

My Biggest Mistake in Life and Why

11 March 2020

“Make mistakes.” This was my boss’s first piece of advice to me. It felt strangely familiar, knowing we must lose a few tokens to win the big chips. When I told him I appreciate his wisdom, he shook his head. “It’s not my idea. I just follow the principle.” Now I make at least one […]

“Aglet”: or stories of vocab

“Aglet”: or stories of vocab

30 January 2020

The guitar player strums or picks. The turtle does not scuttle or bumble. The sink drips, while the sirens . . . the sirens . . . holler? Hoot? Sound off?! What describes the sound a siren makes? It’s important to have the right vocabulary, especially when communicating important things to other people. Unfortunately, most […]

This can’t be love

This can’t be love

17 November 2019

This can’t be love, because I feel so well,No sobs, no sorrows, no sighs.This can’t be love; I get no dizzy spells,My head is not in the skies. –Nat King Cole   I often wondered why being in love made you want to stand on top of a mountain, shouting it out. Sometimes for me, […]

Birthdays of Levinov

Birthdays of Levinov

9 October 2019

2018. Julia sat at a table alone with a birthday cake. Stuck to the creamy icing were six wax candles and a red letter A. She had spent the morning mixing chocolate and eggs for her son, to see him enjoy the three or four slices he was capable of devouring, as he told her […]

$ketche$

$ketche$

10 September 2019

I was walking down one of those M.C. Escher stairs, in a museum, when I reached the end. From where I stood I could hear a young boy below, sobbing. The sound wasn’t echoing, as it should have been in such a large space. Fortunately, some of the railing was missing, so I jumped down […]

An open letter to someone who inspires

An open letter to someone who inspires

19 August 2019

Dear Charlie Kaufman,     After an hour of thinking about what to write, I’m ready. Why I am writing this letter is because you wrote two of my favorite movies, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Adaptation.   You’re up there with Tarkovsky, Linklater, and Noe for me, but why I write to […]

Notes on recent life lessons

Notes on recent life lessons

11 August 2019

Feel free to fail. You are climbing over a stumbling block. That’s one.   What are other, recent life lessons? Some silly things. I feel like I am holding a hot ginger tea and wearing pajamas as I explain things or muse, like some youtubers I saw recently. But on an unrelated note, why is […]

Who is your favorite villain and who is your favorite hero in literature?

Who is your favorite villain and who is your favorite hero in literature?

8 August 2019

Some months ago, my graduate department asked me a similar question in an interview. Now I’m thinking why not expand a little, let my hands hopscotch over the keyboard a little, improve a little.   I think my answer remains the same: Vronsky and Levin. But, adding some meat to the dish, it pays to open […]

A list of books that inspired my stories or feature similar themes

A list of books that inspired my stories or feature similar themes

25 July 2019

The list, the log   It helps to return on occasion to the list of books you’ve read; granted, if you keep such a list. Remember how in elementary school teachers asked us to keep a “log” of titles and page numbers, maybe a summary? Students earned stars. Parents were happy. And though it might […]