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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

Celebrate Your Own Holiday

I’m sure you’re in the midst of preparations, but just in case it slipped your mind, September is the “Great American Low-Cholesterol, Low-fat Pizza Bake Month.” As a holiday, it’s right up there with Christmas and Thanksgiving in terms of the importance of eating. Unlike Christmas and Thanksgiving, which emphasize sharing large amounts of delicious […]

Run 26.2 Miles

With the Write-A-Thon right around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about marathons. I could probably never run one–I have trouble making it up the stairs to miss the train–but there are people in this world who CHOOSE to run 26 miles and 385 yards without stopping for bathroom, food, or naps. That blows my […]

Put Your Writing In Hyperdrive

Be focused. Do your work. Don’t be fidgety. Probably since Socrates taught Plato in ancient Athens, students of all ages have learned these mantras as the keys to success in the classroom. In recent years, though, it seems a new saying has joined the time-honored group: get treatment for ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can […]

Exercise Your Anticipation

Count your pencils and pack your lunches, because school, alas, is starting again. This time of year is always bittersweet: it spells the end of the long and languid days of summer, but it also means seeing old friends and brings the promise of new experiences and knowledge. No matter how much I prepare, the […]