This Is Living — an Exclusive from Loitering: New & Collected Essays by Charles D’Ambrosio

How burdens and values pass from fathers to sons, and the search for that one true thing.

My hand will always remember the density of those silver dollars, the dead weight as I tumbled them back and forth, the dull clink as the coins touched. The nature of that weight offered a lesson in value too; you knew by a sense of the coin’s unique inner gravity that the silver was pure, that it wasn’t an alloy. Holding the coin in your palm you felt the primitive allure of the metal itself, its truth.

Source: Tin House
Published: Dec 3, 2014
Length: 23 minutes (5,836 words)