Ryan’s short story, “The Devil’s Deal” was published in Grimm & Dread: A Crow’s Twist on Classic Tales anthology in 2021. Based on the Brothers Grimm tale of “Bearskin,” it reimagines the story as that of a soldier returning from the battle of Battle of New Orleans. It’s available HERE.
Compilations of Ryan’s essays from this site are available on Amazon and on Kindle today.
My Place In It
This year, it wasn’t just the streets of Manhattan Brinson was navigating, it was actually the world. From the bays in Singapore to the deserts of Israel, from sunny days in Los Angeles to thunderstorm alley in Texas, he saw many places. “My Place In It” seemed an appropriate metaphor for a man who was mid-30s and mid-pivot. It’s a misconception that big changes are relegated to those emerging from college or turning 30 or having a baby or retiring. Big changes are always happening in us but there’s an adventure in finding our way and our place in it. Get your copy HERE.
I Feel God in This Cab
From his upbringing in the Bible Belt to his life today in New York City, Brinson explores how God has been the centrifugal force within the adventure. Some may search for God in confessionals, support groups, on mountaintops, or at an altar, but if this year has taught him anything, it’s that you can find God just about anywhere, even in the backseat of a cab on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. You may not call God what I call God—you may call God ‘love,’ or ‘spirit’ or any number of monikers—but we all know what it feels like when our hearts become full and we’re moved in a way that’s personal and precious. In the big moments and the small, the moments both intentional and perfunctory, God’s everywhere, every day. Get your copy HERE.
I Really Like My Hands Today
In November of 2016, Ryan Brinson was so frustrated with the state of the world, the country he loves and the outward-facing representation of “people of faith” that he was on the verge of a Chernobyl-caliber meltdown. On election night, he turned off the coverage and fell asleep, exhausted by his own frustration, and by the time he sat down at his desk the following morning, he’d mentally outlined his plan of escape: He would write. That release of thoughts and questions and memories and stories became his ticket to freedom and he discovered new aspects about his faith, his upbringing, and his self. Card games and subway rides, pool parties and spilled coffee. It’s about faith and questioning, love and equality, writing and learning. Part time capsule and part looking-glass into the future, they may run the gamut of topics and themes, but they all come back to a man’s quest for fullness. Get your copy HERE.