Things I’m Verbing: Cookie surgery, costuming dystopias and old things that are really old

The winter weather advisory has passed in New York, and I am still on my way to an opening day matinee of Hail Caesar! in a few hours. Frankly, I’m interested in fun stuff right now. Sometimes the hideous, heart-hurting stuff gets to be too much. It’s okay to linkspam fun links. Moreover, it’s just one ofContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Cookie surgery, costuming dystopias and old things that are really old”

Things I’m Verbing: Comedy, Cracker Barrel and gift culture

I’ll be honest: I went quiet for two weeks because I was grappling with a news story that was really tearing me up, and because it hit so hard, I was trying to figure out how to talk about it publicly. I wrote up an impassioned-but-reasoned (I hoped) post that languished in my drafts, andContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Comedy, Cracker Barrel and gift culture”

Things I’m Verbing: Grief, gardens and the privilege of access

I posted my first story for Hello Giggles today, and it’s one that’s close to my heart in a lot of ways. Agent Carter is a TV show about a woman kicking ass in the 1940s, but it’s also, in its first season, a show about confronting grief. “What Agent Carter Gets Right About Grief” is aContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Grief, gardens and the privilege of access”

Things I’m Verbing: Beginners, sell-bys and old phone numbers

By total accident, I’ve managed to see some theater more than once since the beginning of the year. A friend got me in to The Holler Sessions, a one-man show about loving and discovering jazz. It has such a good ending, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who might still get a chance toContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Beginners, sell-bys and old phone numbers”

Things I’m Verbing: Alexander, David and Barack

It took four or five tries, but I finally made it to The Big Short this past weekend. It’s Adam McKay’s film about the housing crisis that led to the financial collapse of 2008. I remember that fall vividly: I had been working as a temp at the American Medical Association all year, and I’d interviewedContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Alexander, David and Barack”

Things I’m Verbing: Girl stuff, Jewish stuff and folk stuff

Small update from my story on Whine About It‘s Matt Bellassai: He did, in fact, win the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Social Media Star. Hooray! Alas, someone in the control room sent the camera to the wrong person. Uh-oh. Either way, congrats to Matt — we both had pretty good Wednesdays! when you win the People's ChoiceContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Girl stuff, Jewish stuff and folk stuff”

Things I’m Verbing: Wine, whining and the will of the people

Could I be more excited, even if I’m posting here a day later than intended? I’d love to find out. My story, “Matt Bellassai’s guide to drinking (and whining) your way to the top,” made the cover of the Chicago RedEye today. As someone who lived in Chicago for 12 years and who read that paperContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Wine, whining and the will of the people”

Things I’m Verbing: Weird riots, dead media and fake Nazi merch

It’s a good Tuesday when you can share some freelance that came to fruition, so here’s my very first piece for Mental Floss: “7 of History’s Most Unusual Riots.” This was both deeply strange and deeply fun to research — I had no idea people cared so much about, well, their right to grab eels inContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Weird riots, dead media and fake Nazi merch”

Things I’m Verbing: Hidden tracks, open theft and the world’s greatest elephant seal

While the curiosity gap is certainly still a thing, sometimes the headline that just lays it all out for you is my favorite. One recent winner from Jewniverse was “Trotsky’s Yogurt Is Alive and Well in NYC, And You Can Eat It.” I have to credit the Cheezburger network, though: “A Sassy Elephant Seal Enjoys HerContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Hidden tracks, open theft and the world’s greatest elephant seal”

Things I’m Verbing: Tiny houses, big systems and even bigger hair

Sunday was a big night for me: Though I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month several times and finished that 50,000-word story a few times in the past, this year was the first time I crossed the finish line a full day before the end of November. The story is all over the place and I’mContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Tiny houses, big systems and even bigger hair”