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New on Wanderthief: Reminders

New on Wanderthief: Reminders

I wrote a short Wanderthief about my experience of the weird turn to winter in this town. I’ll be leaving NYC soon, spending most of the rest of 2018 on the West Coast and abroad, and I’ve got a lot of feelings about it. Feelings? Concerns, questions, nerves. Anxieties. There’s some sun in there too, I promise. Things have been looking a little dark lately and I only know how to be honest about it, but what’s that saying? The darkest hour is just before… that old chestnut.

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New on Wanderthief: To Be Seen

New on Wanderthief: To Be Seen

I met a couple of famous people last night and they kept using my name. They dropped my name in every sentence, casually, naturally, as if we were old friends. If it was nothing more than a strategy they have developed over the years, then it’s a strategy that works. Is that as personal as an interaction can be? A name, an unchosen word to which we attach decades of identity, a marker of who we are that, for most of us, lasts from birth until death without ever changing?

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What I've Been Working On: Tricked

What I've Been Working On: Tricked

For the past three months, I've been working on the magic team for a TV show called Tricked. Magician Eric Leclerc pranks, fools, and tricks innocent people all over the city with hidden camera magic that they, of course, don't realize is magic. In bookstores and cupcake shops, bakeries and hardware stores, magic is indistinguishable from reality, at least until the big reveal.

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New on Wanderthief: From the Spine

New on Wanderthief: From the Spine

I hesitated to publish this month's Create Like Crazy essay, which ended up being the best kind of irony. My imposter syndrome got loud, along with all my insecurities—What if it's too direct? Too personal? What if they don't like it? What if they don't like me? That hesitation seemed as good a reason as any to gather up my courage, straighten out, and hit send. Maybe we're not meant to make ourselves smaller for the timid masses.

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New on Wanderthief: Finished, Ready, Perfect

New on Wanderthief: Finished, Ready, Perfect

This is a strange part of the summer season, this dog days phase when the humidity has all but seeped in through our skin and seems that it will never lift. They were reflooring the mosque down the street from me this week, and the sight of it sent me to Taghazout in my mind, to the seaside in Morocco where I hid from the world for a few months. Ready doesn't always mean finished, and finished doesn't always mean perfect.

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New on Wanderthief: Say Yes and See What Happens

New on Wanderthief: Say Yes and See What Happens

Big things are happening, and even though I'm not entirely sure where it's all heading, I think a lot of the changes happening in my life right now—personally, professionally, psychically—are at the very least related to all my saying "yes" of late. Just going for it, and seeing what happens. Showing up. That's what this month's Create Like Crazy newsletter essay was all about, and I'm grateful to everyone who's been writing me to say they could relate. Saying yes is easy. Then you have to deliver.

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New on Wanderthief: Life in Both Directions

New on Wanderthief: Life in Both Directions

For this month's Create Like Crazy newsletter I wrote an essay about knowing I don't know much. At a certain point in my young adult life I would have been infuriated by anyone treating me like a child. But getting on in years has only served to prove how little I know, how little I'll ever know, and how ok that really is.

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