New on Wanderthief: The Balances

New on Wanderthief: The Balances

This month's Create Like Crazy newsletter featured an essay all about balance. What is it, if balance is even an "it" to be found? Is balance the thing, or the act? I have more questions than answers, as usual, but as I've been looking at my own handling of the ups and downs of life this piece is the latest result of that looking. I hope you like it.

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New for Adorama: Meet a Pro: Portrait Photographer Aundre Larrow

New for Adorama: Meet a Pro: Portrait Photographer Aundre Larrow

This was the second time I've gotten to interview Aundre Larrow about his photography, his creative process, and his dreams of world domination. When I wrote about him in Format Magazine, Aundre was somewhere in the middle of his year-long Adobe Creative Residency and was knee-deep in his thesis project, Stories From Here. Now with the Residency behind him, Aundre is doing everything he can to ride the wave to the top, and to to turn his newfound popularity into a powerful platform for positive change.

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New for Genii Online: Patrick Terry Takes Us Inside the Magician's Studio with On-stage Interviews

New for Genii Online: Patrick Terry Takes Us Inside the Magician's Studio with On-stage Interviews

There are plenty of chances to see magic in New York City, but Patrick Terry's Magic Hour series takes audiences for a tour behind the curtain, as it were. Each headlining performer will follow a full parlor set with an on-stage interview led by producer Patrick Terry, who is also an actor and performer in his own right.

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New for Genii Online: Experimental Magic Flourishes at Long Island City's Amazeballs

New for Genii Online: Experimental Magic Flourishes at Long Island City's Amazeballs

Some shows are polished and refined. Others are Amazeballs. Eric Dittelman's open mic style playground for magicians, standup comedians, and variety arts acts plays monthly at The Creek & The Cave in Long Island City. It's raunchy and unpredictable, and a total treat to get to see some incredible professional magicians working out new ideas, raw material, and in the works routines live on stage.

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New on Wanderthief: People Seeing

New on Wanderthief: People Seeing

People can be very confusing. I've been doing a lot of people watching lately, and then overthinking, as I do. There's a difference between watching and seeing, I think. And a difference between seeing and understanding. Seeing and being seen are so integral to our humanity. I wonder if we can ever realize how much of our lives we spend, either implicitly or overtly, in search of one or the other.

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New for Athleta Magazine: He's Got Hands

New for Athleta Magazine: He's Got Hands

Athleta Magazine is a biannual magazine printed in Verona, Italy all about sports, culture, and art. For the magazine's third issue, I collaborated with photographer Alessandro Simonetti on He's Got Hands, an essay about handball as the democratization of sport on the streets of New York. In photos and in words (printed in English and translated into Italian) we crafted a snapshot of handball at the legendary West 4th Street Cage.

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New on Wanderthief: Dark and out of Sync

New on Wanderthief: Dark and out of Sync

My own creative nonfiction and lyric essay writing has been more of a struggle lately than it was in the past. I'm not sure if who I am is changing or my voice is changing. Is it my writing? Is it my thinking? Is it my brain? As usual, I came up with more questions than answers for my May essay in the Create Like Crazy newsletter I send out monthly.

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New for Genii Online: Bringing Coney Island's Magical History to Life at the Brooklyn Public Library

New for Genii Online: Bringing Coney Island's Magical History to Life at the Brooklyn Public Library

It was great fun to attend an event at the Brooklyn Public Library last month, featuring Herb Scher, Richard Cohn, Mark Mitton, and George Schindler in a moderated panel discussion about Coney Island's magical history. In this feature for Genii Online, I dug deeper with these magicians and historians to find out why Coney Islands has its hooks in us all.

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New for Genii Online: Deaf Magician Sam Sandler Aims to Inspire Audiences and Advocate for Accessibility

New for Genii Online: Deaf Magician Sam Sandler Aims to Inspire Audiences and Advocate for Accessibility

For a feature in GeniiOnline, I got to interview Sandler about how his show, his process, and his approach to magic have all changed in the decade since he started performing as a completely deaf magician. He opened up about how hard those first couple of years were and how it took hitting rock bottom to start turning things around, transforming his experience of deafness from an insurmountable obstacle to just another part of his beautiful ongoing story.

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New for Genii Online: Torkova Puts Stuttering Center Stage in A Hanky and a T-T-T-Top Hat

New for Genii Online: Torkova Puts Stuttering Center Stage in A Hanky and a T-T-T-Top Hat

I grew up watching Bobby Torkova perform his silent act at Monday Night Magic in New York City. But mesmerized by his mastery of the classics and won over by his old school stage charm, I never realized that until this year I'd never heard Torkova speak. In his new show, A Hanky and a T-T-T-Top Hat, Torkova overcomes his stutter to infuse the telling of his own life story with the gems of magic that made him the performer he is today.

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New on Wanderthief: Water To A Fish

New on Wanderthief: Water To A Fish

Wanderthief this week is a short look at my upcoming move. I'm only skipping over the imaginary line dividing one Brooklyn neighborhood from the next, but the change in scenery is making the switch feel like a grand adventure. A new stoop! My very own street-facing window! From one fishbowl to the next, with a little bit of tank-scrubbing in the process.

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