Beyond Words

Living in the weather …

December 2017 By Marshall Chapman Photograph by Anthony Scarlati For twenty years—from 1977 until 1997—I lived on the top floors of two mid-town high-rises. The first ten were at the A...

Cats vs. Dogs…

October 2017 by Marshall Chapman Photograph by Anthony Scarlati Are you a cat person or a dog person? Perhaps you’re both. I grew up loving dogs because my family always had dogs. T...

Remembering Julie London …

August 2017 by Marshall Chapman Photograph by Anthony Scarlati I never really thought about sex growing up. A neighborhood boy tried to explain it to me one time when I was about nine ...

Rhoda Vera …

July 2017 by Marshall Chapman My late brother was Richard-Pryor funny and bad to the bone. He was born James Alfred Chapman IV, but everybody called him Jamie. He was tall—six feet, seve...

Mama Cloud …

May 2017 by Marshall Chapman Photograph by Anthony Scarlati My two grandmothers were polar opposites. Nannie, my paternal grandmother, was the saintly one. She had a sunny dispositi...

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