Ethan Hauser is a Brooklyn-based writer that investigates the deep and often hidden connections between people and their fates. His works include The Measures Between Us, novel (2013); The High Line: A Field Guide and Handbook (2013); and short fiction in Esquire, Playboy, Ploughshares, and New Stories From the South.

Hauser’s awards and residencies include Workspace, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY (2009–2010); The MacDowell Colony, NH; and Yaddo, NY. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College, M.A. from Hollins University, and M.F.A. from University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

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Excerpt from The Sound of Helicopters

 

Proud locals dismissed them as leaf peepers—locals whose anger was tinged with jealousy, and occasionally spiraled into bitter, ugly confrontations in restaurants and diners. The mug shots on the evening news told the story: contrition and will, the divide of wealth. Two things impossible to solve: money and love. They will dog us until we die, and the headstones chiseled with names and dates and phrases from the Bible can’t tell even a fraction of the story. No quantity of either is ever enough, nor does zero yield happiness. Religion and lies guide and blind the zealots, while the ungentle, those wired neither right nor long for this world, write history, short-circuit hope, gratitude, security.