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.Read More
This week's Wanderthief is about digging into the darkest corners of experience, and showing up for whatever you might find. The work is important always, even when it's scary, even when it hurts. Especially when it hurts.Read More
April's Create Like Crazy essay is about burning it all down to build yourself back up again. I wrote about stress and overwhelm, and thought about why, if I'm so terrible at transition, I keep putting myself through big transitions. Maybe there's something in the chaos for me after all.Read More
One of the most frustrating things about networking is figuring out how to do it when you’re just not in the mood. You’ve had a bad day or a whirlwind week, or you’re feeling any kind of down on yourself—lost, confused, conflicted, unsure, nervous, anxious, depressed. In those moments, the last thing I want to do is show up to that networking happy hour and schmooze, or, worse, make it to that one-on-one coffee catch up.
Sometimes those negative feelings are tied to a specific business or career result—you lost out on a project to a competitor or you didn't land that job you'd been interviewing for. Sometimes the source is less tangible—not enough sleep, turbulent times of year, troubles in your personal life seeping into your professional life. No matter how you get there, once you're caught up in that spiral of bad feelings, it can be tough to drag yourself out.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
This week's Wanderthief essay was about my morning spent at the cafe surrounded, mysteriously, by little girls and young women, all watching each other, all watching the world happen. Sometimes Wanderthief is internal and sometimes it's external, but most of all, for me, it blurs the line. How would you behave if you knew the world was paying attention?Read More
I was very excited to work with i-D on this interview with Yasmeen Mjalli, the Palestinian-American artist, activist, and entrepreneur behind BabyFist Denim. At 21 years old, Mjalli was surprised to find herself working full-time to create a community where Palestinian women and Arab women around the world could wrestle with some of the otherwise taboo topics that impact their daily lives. We talked about social entrepreneurship, balancing feminist identity with Arab identity, and the challenges of activism in Occupied Palestine.Read More
I created this round-up of 2018's best photography contests, prizes, and awards for Format Magazine, a hub for inspiration, creativity, and conversation around all kinds of artistic disciplines. Contests are scheduled throughout the year and include opportunities around the world and across all genres of photography. Format is also an online portfolio platform for photographers and artists looking to organize and display their work in a professional, visually attractive way.Read More
Once a month I send out a Tinyletter called Create Like Crazy. Each dispatch includes links to some of the wonderful things I've been reading and my published work for the past month, all capped off with some kind of personal essay. For March, I wrote about when life feels like a mess, the pendulum between feast and famine as a freelancer, and crafting identity out of my very varied interests.Read More
For as long as I have been working, I have been repulsed by the kind of networking that demands a scoreboard. What can you do for me and what can I do for you and then we go our separate ways. Maybe if I do a favor for that person, that person will help me with this business I've been working on. Or the other way around. It feels manipulative because it is manipulative.
But even though the concept itself wasn't new, the founder's presentation on being giving clicked for me in a way it never had before. It could have been because I was still under the spell of that new year, new me magic, or maybe my first vacation in five years at the beginning of January really did rewire my brain. Whatever the instigating reason, I've been able to spend 2018 so far approaching my business in an entirely new way.
How much can I possibly give away?Read More
Morsel New York just published my feature on Blue Marble Dreams, the nonprofit arm of Blue Marble Ice Cream helping local communities open their own ice cream shops in countries like Haiti and Rwanda. I spoke to Blue Marble's co-founder and CEO, Jennie Dundas, about running the business, sharing the dream, and why something as simple as ice cream can make a big difference.Read More
Last week, GeniiOnline published two feature stories I've been working on for the past couple of months. First up is Discover Magic, an educational curriculum designed to teach kids lifelong social skills through magic tricks instead of the other way around. Followed by my profile on Cynthia von Buhler, the highly talented multi-hyphenate artist and writer behind a new comic book called Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini.Read More
My business has changed since I first hung out my shingle as a freelance writer and digital marketer in 2013. That was the year I graduated from college, sold everything, and got on a plane to Ibiza to figure out if this dream career of mine had legs. I might be worried if things hadn't changed since then...Read More