With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Susan L. Feldman’s essay “On Writing a Screenplay” appeared in the Southern Humanities Review and was chosen as one of the Notable Essays of 2000 in The Best American Essays 2001. Her essays have also appeared in Ontario Review, Epoch, Connecticut Review, the Massachusetts Review, Creative Nonfiction, and Room of One’s Own. She lives in San Francisco and is currently working on an essay collection.
And every year thereafter on the anniversary of Michael’s death, Hal places a call to me to talk about Michael. A commemoration, this. In Judaism, the anniversary of a loved one’s death — called yahrzeit — is carefully noted with rituals: visits to the cemetery, a consciousness through prayer, and, most notably, a candle lit which burns for the twenty-four-hour day, its light and shadow a reminder of loss and life’s continuity.