A Big Week for Al-Ham (and Me)

A quick note to say that this has been a relatively eventful week! “Public Debt,” my story on the death of Alexander Hamilton, ran on Wednesday in the new issue of Split Lip Magazine. It was picked up on Longform’s Fiction Pick of the Week, which is an honor and a spot of luck I’m grateful for.

By chance, or at least by machinations on a level I’m not privy to, this week was also the anniversary of Hamilton’s death itself (in 1804), and the beginning of previews of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton on Broadway. He’s also the focus of ongoing debate as the Treasury recently announced plans, now hotly contested by Hamilton’s defenders, to remove him from the ten-dollar bill in 2020.

I wrote “Public Debt” a few years ago without any confidence that anyone besides me would ever be interested in reading it, so it’s touching and encouraging that the response to it has been so positive. If anyone’s interested, I also mention Hamilton often in “To Alexander Pushkin from Brooklyn,” an essay I wrote for CutBank Online. If you’re in the NYC area, you can also visit his grave at Trinity Church.

Sending out good vibes to everyone involved in this overarching push to understand, challenge, and appreciate Alexander Hamilton and his legacy. I'm happy to have connected with so many of you! It feels right and important that he’s is having a bit of a cultural Moment right now—he both deserves our attention and would have adored basking in it.