You remember M.A.S.H. It was sort of like the paper fortune teller game, but with less impossible-to-master-origami skills. Here, Stacey re-invents this beloved pre-teen game for the modern New York City woman. Will your husband be a marketeer or a puppeteer? Who will be your one-time celebrity fuck-pass? Where will your shrink practice? Only the magical powers of gel pens on notebook paper will reveal your future. Originally published on The Hairpin.
Originally published on The Hairpin, this piece expands on Tufts' 2013-2014 supplementary essay prompt, "What does #YOLO mean to you," by showcasing a range of college admissions essay questions Tufts should have asked student applicants. "Discuss a time when you have been told you cannot haz something." "Which of your mediocre talents are you going to post to the internet this weekend, and why?" Don't be afraid to add hastags where appropriate, kids; they just might get you into the school of your dreams.
After obsessing for half a decade over how to dress up as the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino Grindhouse femme hero, Cherry Darling, the world's most obsessive Halloween costumer finally figures out a way to disappear a leg from knee to toe. Shocking revelation: Removing your leg, even temporarily, is kind of painful. Also, insanely fun. This detailed how-to piece is still shared regularly all over the Interweb and has been featured on Buzzfeed, Tor.com and Geeks are Sexy.
Who doesn't love a thematic holiday gift guide? Furthermore, what geek guy or gal doesn't love a pile of tentacle-oriented present options to place under the tree? This curated collection of giftables, inspired by the varied, multi-armed creatures of the sea, was one of many nerdy collections originally compiled for the lovely Cthulu enthusiasts at Tor.com.
One of many comprehensive local business surveys completed for Brooklyn paper, The Williamsburg Greenpoint News + Arts, this piece breaks down the good, the bad and the incense-ridden of the area's exploding yoga scene. Join the Chaturanga-laden tour, racking up hamstring stretches while desperately trying to avoid dehydration, and exploring the best new places in the neighborhood to pause in pigeon pose.
After their Grammy win in 2013, The Civil Wars became all but a household name. This review catches them just on the edge of stardom in a performance at IFC's home base, The Crossroads House, during South By Southwest (SXSW) 2011. Get to know the striking duo as they lay out their leaping vocals, melancholy melodies and surprising sense of humor for the first time on a SXSW stage.
Part of IFC's live 2011 coverage of SXSW, this piece chronicles the performance of blues prodigy Nicole Atkins as she tours for the first time with backing band The Black Sea. Hold onto your butts as Atkins and The Black Sea blow the people of Austin deep into the desert with their deep blues rock and palpable heartache.
A feature for Heeb Magazine, this interview with graphic novelist Bob Fingerman asks the notorious atheist about his post-apocalyptic tome, From The Ashes: A Speculative Memoir. Did he always intend to use this fictional universe to not-so-subtly send up the politicians and public figures of the early aughts? And why does he think The Food Network will be the downfall of our society? The answer to everything: Beef Jerky!
Even for a seasoned wordsmith, writing about yourself and your business can be an intimidating prospect. This piece, one of many marketing posts written for the crafting marketplace, Etsy's, popular blog, provides the site's sellers with tips on creating an engaging, insightful picture of who they are and what they do.
Learning the Language of the Rock Poster Underground: Immersion vs. Language as Subject
Originally commissioned for MediaRights.org, this article explores the different linguistic and communication strategies filmmakers use to connect with their audience when dealing with similar subject matter. Using metaphors for language learning to differentiate two films about the rock poster art world, the piece reveals the myriad ways in which a storyteller can present a community and the history behind an art to his or her audience.
Meet Rich Juzwiak, pop culture blogger, before his days as one of Gawker's most reliable critics and commentators. Digging into his motivation for covering subjects like The Jersey Shore and America's Next Top Model, this piece probes into one of the minds that has changed the way we write for the Internet today, revealing both the rewards and drawbacks associated with making a career out of things you most love.