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Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Infinite Possibility

I recently walked past a broken full-length mirror on the sidewalk in my Bushwick neighborhood, but the image it made was so compelling I had to go back and study … Continue reading

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MoMA’s Most Ambitious Project Yet: Ruin Björk For Everyone

Do you know that sensation you get when your heart is deeply connected to something outside of yourself? Without overstating, that’s what art does for me. To many people, including … Continue reading

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The Art of the American Nickname

To most people I encounter, I have a wonderfully (or not so wonderfully) difficult name. For those of you who’ve never heard (of) my name and don’t know how to … Continue reading

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“Fantastic Planet,” A Strange and Mostly Unknown Film

In December of 1973, the New York Times film critic Howard Thompson, known for his pithy critiques, reviewed a rather strange-looking French animated film called “Fantastic Planet.” In his review, … Continue reading

August 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

“Touch of Evil” NY Times Movie Review, from 1958

If you’ve seen the classic and influential Orson Welles film, Touch of Evil, you know it needs no introductions. If you haven’t seen it, you’ve most likely, by one route or … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

[UPDATED] Björk Comes to Brooklyn

There are few times in life in which superlatives are ever really fitting. I think we find them acceptable because we like to exaggerate; punctuate our own language with interest; … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Female Poet Series: Dionne Brand, ossuary VIII

I’ve missed a few days of my series but I’m convinced I’m going to catch up, or at the very least – this amazingly creative and powerful poet who hails … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Akiko Yosano, In Praise of May

It’s day three of my 30-day series dedicated to brave and brilliant female poets.Today’s poet is Akiko Yosano, who was born in December 1878 near Osaka, Japan. Yosano was her … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Juana De Ibarbourou, Life-Hook

It’s day TWO of my Thirty-Day Series of Female Poets! I’m excited to continue with this project and I will devote more time to this as the series goes on … Continue reading

March 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sojourner Truth, Ain’t I A Woman?

This is the first installment of my month-long series showcasing a wonderful piece of poetry by a female poet. I hope to do this for thirty straight days. For the … Continue reading

March 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

The RFK Bridge

  If you don’t venture to Astoria often, I highly recommend it for this view alone. This was taken from Astoria Park. Also, Astoria’s Greek food is second to none. … Continue reading

June 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Old Cars

I’m beginning to feel as if I’m living right smack in the middle of the intersection of Past and Future, but where Present doesn’t yet exist. It feels like a … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

This is, quite possibly, the dumbest thing you’ll ever read

Africa is amazing! And adventurous! And wow! Look at all the animals! I can’t wait to hug Africa, guys! Do you want to hug Africa with me? Let’s go on … Continue reading

January 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Chilly Gonzales: Piano Concerto No. 1

It was raining and I was wearing heeled ankle boots. For some reason, my umbrella was leaking heavy, nonrhythmic drops on my head every few feet. I couldn’t see where the drops … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Tonight in Greenpoint

Sunset in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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People Looking At Things

Sometimes I take* photos of things. People, buildings, plants, traffic, whatever or whomever catches my eye. I don’t take photos because it’s the new language or because I think I … Continue reading

September 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Early Mornings

There are a lot of benefits to living in New York City, but as all New Yorkers know – there are also tons of drawbacks. Every single morning, I am … Continue reading

August 11, 2011 · 5 Comments

How To Trick Your Body Into Thinking You Maybe, Possibly, Kinda Ate Something Healthy In The Last Week

Eating fruits and vegetables is boring and gross. Who wants to chew all of that pectin and nature? That seems like a lot of work, possibly requiring the help of … Continue reading

August 4, 2011 · 10 Comments

So, This Happened…

In response to my post “The Art of the American Nickname,” I received so many thoughtful, interesting and supportive comments from all over the world. This topic really struck a chord … Continue reading

August 3, 2011 · 54 Comments
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