"Being Upstate" is a broadly defined portrayal of my life in Upstate New York. It is not a subject that I can aptly specify, nor would I want to contain it within a delineated framework. It explores the relationship I have with this place that brings out so much attraction and ambivalence in me. I want this series to approach an emotional accuracy, not by depiction but by characterization. As a result, it can unravel the distinctive nature of my presence here. "Being Upstate" is a conversation with myself and an attempt at autobiography. It is a running monologue on the fragility of an experience, be it a life or a place.