Illustration of Derek Powazek by Adam Ellis

New in {fray}: The Scar

When it comes to Fray performances, each one is like a dare. So when Fray Cafe 3 came around in March, I challenged myself to tell a revealing story. And what could be more revealing than standing up in a Texas bar and talking about your Bar Mitzvah? So that’s what I did. (Wanna hear?)

I got so much positive feedback on the story, I decided to add it to the fray. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about how I got The Scar, and I hope you’ll add your own story to the end.

This story also welcomes a new illustrator into the fray: Witold Riedel. Wiltold’s raw, emotional style in these pages captured the turmoil of those teenage years perfectly. To see more of his work, visit his site.

And Rabbi? If you’re out there, I’ve learned a lot since twelve.

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Hi, I’m Derek. I used to make websites. Now I grow flowers and know things. I’m mostly harmless. More.