How could a storm assemble a port?
Could titanic winds, hollowing over crags of ocean
ever build a home, an open embrace for frightened souls
a lighthouse that illuminated the rocky pitfalls

warm cookies and cool lemonade
home is a place defined by its people


The Bulls are “better” but they’re still missing out on opportunities to improve.

It’s a good thing they got Devon Dotson used to the chair life from Day 1.

On November 21, 2020, I was a little befuddled by new Bulls president Arturas Karnisovas.

He and GM Marc Eversley had to make one of their first calls as the new faces of management, choosing between defensive pest Kris Dunn, frenetic hustler Shaq Harrison, and Luka Doncic wannabe Denzel Valentine. Each was up for their qualifying offers, and with a relatively inflexible roster elsewhere, only one would be returning to the roster. Karnisovas sent out the QO to Valentine, stamping his name on a $4.7 million check that probably does not justify the time I spent bothered by it.

At…


Alex Smith (11) waves his throwing arm just so JJ Watt knows which one to target.

The Washington Football Team is expected to part with one-time near-amputee Alex Smith in the coming days, sources told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport Monday morning. Smith, perhaps best known for exploding his entire leg after a hit by Texans JJ Watt and Kareem Jackson, threw for 1582 yards across 8 games in 2020 and took 22 sacks without dying, an impressive number for a player one bad breeze away from never walking again. “If I can’t stand when I’m 37, it will have been worth dragging the Washington Football Team to the worst playoff record in the league and then…


I am surrounded by people telling me not to settle for a lesser version of myself, to strive for better things, better self, better dreams.

Maybe they’re right. Maybe they’re not.

I wanted to write this because I don’t think I’m a good writer. I don’t think I have very much to say, despite thinking a lot of things, because most of what I’ve thought or said or dreamed was inherited from someone else’s brain first. I don’t have original ideas. …


it is 2:16 in the morning and the world feels like lake water.
i am swimming through, eyes barely open, and feeling nothing.
i’m thinking about him, about the way he drowned
the way his body crumpled, taut muscle crinkling like foil

it is way too early, or way too late, and nothing is changing.
my mouth stinks. it’s chocolate from an hour ago and
hardly as sweet as before. past joys souring on my tongue;
in time i will wonder if I ever loved them at all.

it is 9:23 in the morning and the water is still covering…


Last night’s draft — the first of the new Bulls regime—settles some questions but raises others about the Bulls' future.

L to R: Marko Siminovic (pick 44), Patrick Williams (pick 4), Devon Dotson (UDFA)

Patrick Williams. Marko Siminovic. Devon Dotson.

The smoke has cleared and the dust settled around the Bulls’ mysterious draft plans, and no, they didn’t take Deni Avdija. Nearly everyone had linked the Israeli PF to Chicago off the strength of “international GM wants international player” and instead new GM Arturas Karnisovas ended up snagging the youngest NCAA player in the draft in Williams at the fourth overall spot.

Williams is a combo forward, though normally when that word is applied today, it refers to a player who would probably be best at power forward but can spend a bit of…


What can the Donovan Thunder teams tell us about Bulls’ draft outlook?

Billy Donovan is not an elite coach.

He’s not a bad coach—those guys generally don’t make the playoffs with the regularity Donovan did—but he certainly is not a domineering mind in his field and his tactics have yet to truly impress in a postseason environment. Still, there are bits and pieces that we can take from his more successful years that could hint at the players in the 2020 NBA Draft most suited to his style. …


In “Punisher”, Phoebe Bridgers mourns times yet to come and people gone by.

Phoebe Bridgers live in St. Louis, MO with boygenius. Photo by me.

Phoebe Bridgers misses her dog.

She misses other things too: things not yet seen or felt, painful life events, people she never knew but found herself reflected in. But she mostly misses Max, her pug/talisman/familiar that passed away roughly a year ago. The liner inside her vinyl says as much: FOR MAX. Were this album imbued with a touch more necromancy, perhaps he’d be back in her living room, slightly muddy but with the eyes bulging and tongue still out as all pugs do. Alas, it was not. …


Wendell Carter is viewed as replaceable. He’s anything but.

Entering his second season, I foolishly assumed that Wendell Carter would finally shut Bulls fans up about how he wasn’t anything special. The difference in play between him and Gafford, in addition to the vacancy created by Robin Lopez’s departure, would afford Wendell all the comparison necessary to highlight what it is that makes him special.

I was wrong. A poll released from the NBCSports Chicago Twitter, shown below, is (almost) everything wrong with people who watch the Bulls.

This is alarming.

At some level, I know it’s fruitless to take these polls seriously. NBCS Chicago’s twitter presence primarily…

Will Muckian

I write about the NBA. Sometimes I write about important things too.

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