Things I’m Verbing: Fake falcons, beetle dresses and freely assembled ghosts

No Oscars thinkpieces, I promise. (Although for Super Tuesday, yes, you need to watch John Oliver’s “Make Donald Drumpf Again” segment, it is worth your 20 minutes.) However, I do have some pretty nifty entertainment stories on call. This Vanity Fair piece probably shouldn’t be as long as it is, but the search for the realContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Fake falcons, beetle dresses and freely assembled ghosts”

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: 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: 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: 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: 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”