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”

Things I’m Verbing: How we got here

I bought my plane tickets from New York to Columbus, Ohio, six weeks ago. This was to avoid the Greyhound I was forced to take last year — well, not forced, but yes forced: Because of the timing of my move from Chicago, I found myself priced out of flying. Even buying Thanksgiving travel in early October,Continue reading “Things I’m Verbing: How we got here”

Things I’m Verbing: Blindfolds, blackwork and white noise

You can never turn off being a copy editor or a fact-checker. Even when you’re trying to unwind, it ruins everything. Case in point: Last night I was finishing up a novella by a writer I both respect like hell as an artist and can never decide how much I actually enjoy her work. It’sContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Blindfolds, blackwork and white noise”

Things I’m Verbing: English, Yiddish and whale cabaret

It’s important to cultivate a few irrational beliefs, and one of mine is that Tuesday is the strangest day of the week. I suspect many of us of a certain age could blame David Wiesner for this, though I’m also of an age where I blame it more squarely on Tori Amos. Either way, Tuesday should always beContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: English, Yiddish and whale cabaret”