“I couldn’t bear to wear it and just kept it, sacramental but radioactive with loss, in a box in a friend’s garage by the beach.”
Writer and performer Barry Yourgrau is the author of a memoir about clutter and hoarding, Mess: One Man's Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act. His books of short surreal fictions include Wearing Dad’s Head and The Sadness of Sex, in whose film version he starred. He and his work have appeared variously on MTV and NPR. He's written for The New York Times, newyorker.com, Paris Review Daily, The Wall Street Journal and others. Born in South Africa, he lives in New York and Istanbul, and travels a lot with his girlfriend, an international food critic.