I really don’t understand why I like this place so much, but here I am loving it. There’s an energetic comfort that sets in—or doesn’t—before any cognitive evaluation can take place. I don’t speak a word of German, plus Hamburg has its own slangy dialect going on, and I have no connection to being here that would give me any insight into local culture or mannerisms or flows of regular life. I’m totally out of place. But I’m really, really digging it.Read More
Do you appreciate art less when it's hanging on the side of a building instead of on the wall of an established gallery? Do you appreciate art more when you know who made it, where they trained and how much they're worth?
Dee Dee considers this her first in-depth interview. We talked about process, catching ideas, and the importance of the right workspace set up. Regardless of whether or not she ever decides to reveal her identity to the public, her art is powerful and her philosophies about what makes an artist are worth considering.
I was excited to write this personal essay for Make Change, a publication from Aspiration that explores the intersection between money and mission. Membership may seem like an easy way to connect and build community, but it ain’t always necessarily so.Read More
I actually wrote something else entirely when I sat down to this month’s Create Like Crazy essay. But what came out was more than Wanderthief. It was work closer to what I’ve wanted to make for a very long time but never quite knew how. That felt good, and also confusing, and also confronting, because after those few thousand words I knew I had to sit down and write something else, a few thousand more, and make them worth it. So I dug in deep and I found this, a little truth that was as scary to tell as it was an honest thing for me to explore right now. I hope you enjoy it. As always, thank you for reading.Read More
There is a prevailing opinion in the magic world (and possibly also beyond it) that kids’ magicians aren’t real magicians. The stigma runs deep and has unfortunately been proven many times over by hack birthday party performers and uninspired uncles wearing bad clown makeup (an embarrassment to magicians and clowns alike, surely). But Mario Marchese is special. Even though he wanted to be the next Copperfield or Blaine when he fell in love with magic in his 20’s, late for most working pros, he was also smart and sensitive enough to pay attention to the truth that revealed itself to him in his dreams.Read More
The first thing you’ll notice about Jen Kramer is that she is nice. It’s a Midwestern kind of nice that I don’t understand, and of which I am deeply suspicious. Jen is also not from the Midwest, she’s from Long Island. What gives? In the end, she convinced me that the nice is real, and so is her impenetrable positivity. She’s really like that, even when no one’s looking, even when she’s alone. Jen is currently headlining her own show at the Westgate in Las Vegas, and is working to make a name for herself as a woman in magic riding the wave of diversity and inclusion drenching every industry and art, it would seem.Read More
Confession: I have written throwaway posts. Sometimes, realizing I haven’t blogged in a while and thinking that posting something is better than months of radio silence, I write a blog that I’m not particularly proud of and publish it anyway. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with these posts, I don’t know that they’re necessarily bad, but they are uninspired. They are uncreative, and perhaps, even probably, they are uninteresting.Read More
I arrived in Granada a few days ago, and in my first Wanderthief from this trip to Spain I wonder what I’m doing here, what I’m looking for, and what I want. What’s home, anyway? Does it have to be a place? Life on the road feels correct to me, but there’s definitely something missing, another something correct, and the two valences are pulling me in opposite directions.Read More
I’ve been working on this Forbes Tech Council article with Wibbitz CEO Zohar Dayan and the company’s content team for a few months now. With a core focus on expanding what video means to brands and publishers, Wibbitz looks closely at how hardware trends and shifts in the technology industry are building a deeper, more actionable context around everyone’s favorite buzzphrase: pivot to video.Read More
I interviewed multi-hyphenate theatrical powerhouse Woodzick for OUT FRONT Magazine’s January arts and culture issue. Woodzick talked about establishing their identity and founding the Non-Binary Monologues Project, but they also dropped some gems about using our privilege for good, combatting ambassador fatigue, and how allies can do better in their support of trans and non-binary communities.Read More