New for Wine4Food: On the Cheese Trail in LA

New for Wine4Food: On the Cheese Trail in LA

It’s been a long time since my brief stint as a Brooklyn cheesemonger, but my love for all things cheese both predates that adventure and has outlived it. Since moving to Los Angeles I’ve been hopping the craft cheese counters across town, sharing my tyrophilia with a whole new community of people. Everyone brings what they’ve got to the table, and our tasting excursions have led me to a few new cheese affairs of my own. I wrote about it all for the ever lovely Wine4Food.

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New for CBD Snapshot: Endometriosis Patients Turn to CBD

New for CBD Snapshot: Endometriosis Patients Turn to CBD

In my first for CBD Snapshot, I tackled the magazine’s recurring wellness column to discuss women, pain, and CBD. In the case of endometriosis, it’s common for women to turn to hormonal birth control pills to help mitigate extreme chronic pain. But hormonal contraceptives can unleash a deluge of unpleasant side effects, often without moving the needle on pain in any significant way. Concentrated CBD products have become a last resort and a helpful alternative when institutional medicine fails endo patients.

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New for Genii Magazine: David Copperfield's American Metaphors

New for Genii Magazine: David Copperfield's American Metaphors

In addition to my cover story on Olmedini el Mago, the August issue of Genii Magazine included an interior feature about David Copperfield’s illusion performance on Flag Day earlier this summer. In front of 14 newly naturalized citizens, all their families, and the dedicated staff of the Smithsonian, Copperfield delicately treaded the line between historical fact and magical fiction.

I interviewed Copperfield for this brief piece in the magazine, investigating his use of metaphor and mythology, discussing his commitment to magic that tells a human story, and asserting the inherently political nature of an illusion crafted to reunite the original star-spangled banner with its long-lost 15th star.

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New for Genii Magazine: Olmedini el Mago Magnifico!

New for Genii Magazine: Olmedini el Mago Magnifico!

I first wrote about Olmedini in a brief segment in “The Eye,” my monthly column of magic news from around the world. From there I was able to create an interior feature, that quickly grew into a cover story. In this August issue of Genii Magazine, his 14-page feature appears immediately following the feature I wrote about David Copperfield’s Flag Day performance.

Featured in the pages of Genii, known and respected in the magic community, listed among the greats he has always emulated. At 80 years old, Olmedini’s dreams are coming true.

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New in a Textbook on Natural Disasters: Pele Says Hello

New in a Textbook on Natural Disasters: Pele Says Hello

I’ve been writing about Pele ever since I first met her on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2009, but I certainly never thought that pieces of that writing would one day appear in a scholarly textbook. Although what made it into print was only an excerpt of the full essay that was accepted by the editors, here it is; my essay “Pele Says Hello” was published in this reference handbook on natural disasters.

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New for Genii Magazine: Connie Boyd's Signature Feminine Twists

New for Genii Magazine: Connie Boyd's Signature Feminine Twists

My brief profile on groundbreaking magician Connie Boyd ran as an interior feature in the July issue of Genii Magazine. Since she was one of the first female performers to change the face of the Las Vegas magician in the 1980s, Connie Boyd’s lasting stage career has been star-studded and highlight-filled. She has recently decided to pass on the magic wand, as it were, transitioning from performing to her new focus: designing and directing shows, producing and consulting, and, most notably, mentoring new female talent in the magic world.

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What I've Been Working On: A Wanderthief Anthology

What I've Been Working On: A Wanderthief Anthology

A Wanderthief Anthology is on its way. Get on the list to be the first to hear announcements about the collection’s release . In addition to snagging your own copy, which I hope you do, if you’re interested in supporting the project in any way or if you have hopes, expectations, or suggestions for how it should turn out, I’m all ears.

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What I've Been Working On: Genii Magazine Associate Editor & "The Eye"

What I've Been Working On: Genii Magazine Associate Editor & "The Eye"

This isn’t particularly exciting unless you’re a magician, but I’ve recently joined Genii Magazine’s masthead as an Associate Editor. Genii is the longest-running international print publication dedicated to magicians and the art of magic. I’ve taken over a longstanding column called “The Eye,” a monthly roundup of magic news from around the world.

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New for Wine4Food: Going Out For Tapas in Granada Means Ordering Drinks, Not Food

New for Wine4Food: Going Out For Tapas in Granada Means Ordering Drinks, Not Food

Here’s an excerpt of my piece on Granadino tapas that just came out in Wine4Food. Yes, what you’ve heard is true, at most tapas bars in Granada, tapas come with your drinks. And ordering a drink, lingering over crusts of bread and pools of oil and salty local ham, forces even the most high-speed New Yorker to soak up the moment and treat a meal the way the Spaniards do—as an experience.

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