Flashback 2015

I’m a few weeks late for my annual review, but let’s face it. Annual reviews are rarely, if ever, punctual. 2015 was a good year for me. Possibly the best I’ve ever had, both as a writer and a proper person (which requires clarification since most writers are dream-chomping Cthulhuian spawn). Why was it so great? Well,… Continue reading

BRILLIANT EARTH: Their diamonds may be conflict free, but their policies are not

Like so many who struggle to hold onto their ethical idealism in a consumer-driven society, my fiancé and I believed that Brilliant Earth embodied its values and upheld their commitments to customers. But now, a month before our wedding, we’ve discovered the tarnish beneath their polished veneer. On their “About Us” page, Beth Gerstein, Founder… Continue reading

Why Do I Write?

It’s a question I often ask myself, and there is no singular or simple answer. When I really stop to reflect, however, I realize that my desire and will to write originates from the dark and lonely times in my life, when the burden of existential crisis has left me with nothing but my thoughts… Continue reading

I’m Not Dead

I’m not sure what happened to the month of March. There I was, sprinting to the end of February with my goal of 50k words in sight, withMarch on the other side of the finish line cheering me on like a caffeine-crazed cheerleader, when – WHAM! *Strobe light* Darkness. The calendar on my computer tells… Continue reading

Hip-hop and Rap, Art and Kitsch

Old school. New school. Golden age. Altenative. Avant-garde. Breakbeat. Boom bap. Crunk. Dirty South. Hardcore. Freestyle. G-Funk. Gangsta rap. Ghetto house. Grime. Nerdcore. Pop-rap. Psychedelic. Soul. They all started in the Bronx during the 1970s, when block parties in New York began to grow in popularity. DJs started isolating the percussive breaks of popular songs,… Continue reading