Embrace The Change (Of Season)

I’ve started sleeping with the windows closed, and since I’m the kind of guy who enjoys a gentle breeze, that can only mean one thing: fall has arrived. But I know it won’t be here for long. Fall always occupies a short gap between a hot, humid summer that stretches too long and a bone-chilling […]

Cast a Spell

I always thought of Voodoo as some sort of pin-related revenge practice involving dolls. But while visiting New Orleans, I learned that there is so much more to this complex and ancient religion than I ever imagined. What struck me the most on my travels through the mysterious incense-filled Voodoo shops and Museums in the […]

Friday 5: Five Steps to Standing Up to the Stigma of Mental Illness

Recently, a shooting in the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington D.C. took the media’s center stage. Gripping the country in the whirlwind of debate about gun control, that is, until the words “mentally ill” and “hearing voices” were sprinkled on top of this story.  Mostly, mental illness is simply an extra fact that seems to […]

Good Poet, Bad Father

If you are brilliant poet and translator, knighted by the King of Spain, does it matter that you screwed up your relationship with your kids?  If you screwed up your relationship with your kids, does it matter that you are a brilliant poet and translator, knighted by the King of Spain? Those are some of […]

Put Your Head In The Clouds

I saw the castle build from miles away. Tall, rippling white pillars shot upward, reaching like giants’ arms far above the steaming pavement of the street. They grew higher and crowded together, spreading out into hands that seemed to hold up the sky itself. I caught one last glimpse before they disappeared behind the wide […]

Move.

Is there anything more stressful than moving? I moved last week, and by the end of the ordeal I was just about ready to get the tape, crawl like a spider into a cardboard box, and ship myself downtown (while eating my own hair…and also weeping). It’s cleansing, however, to pack everything up. I found […]

Compare The Incomparable

What do Shamu the Whale, math, and Dexy’s Midnight Runners have in common? Well, not much. I mean, you could make the argument that Shamu and the members of the ’80s one-hit wonder band are all mammals, which is true. I’ll even admit that they’re all performers, though I don’t know if the Runners’ live […]

Friday 5: Pumpkin Fails

While fall doesn’t officially arrive until Sunday the consumer in us all has been awakened with the early arrival of a pumpkin infused fall. Yes, it’s that time of year again folks, get ready because pumpkin flavored everything is coming to town. Whether you’re obsessed, nauseated, or a little unsure as to who decided pumpkin and […]

Share Your Secret Spot

Ever since moving here two years ago, one thing has always impressed me about New York City: it is a very big place. According to The New York Times, the most recent calculations show that the city sprawls over 304.8 square miles. With all that space spread over five boroughs, each with their own unique […]

Write Something Hipster

These days, there’s a lot of talk of hipsterism, and I’m never quite sure if it’s something positive or negative. Swirls of question marks abound. Is it a fashion term, a music term, a gentrification-related term? What I do know is that people don’t really take kindly to you calling them “a hipster“–the term seems […]