A Year In New York

A Daily Bite of the Big Apple

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Day 365: 11 Things New York Taught Me

June 30th, 2009 · 9 Comments

Today I’ve been running last-minute errands and pondering what it all means, spending a year in New York City. I’ve worn through a lot of shoe leather in this crazy town and learned some hard lessons,  and now it’s time for me to pass those lessons on to you. Here goes: 1. The World Won’t […]

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Tags: Deep Thoughts · East Coast v. West Coast · Encounters with Nature · Getaways · Sights & Scenes · The Rat Race · Urban Survival · Why I Hate This Town · Why I Love This Town

Day 120: A Bright Spot in the Cold

October 27th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I’m happy to announce that a story I wrote about ice climbing made the cover of the latest issue of Sierra magazine. The story is part of a package of tantalizing winter trips, and my contribution tells of a lesson I took last March on the frozen waterfalls of the White Mountains, 371 miles’ drive […]

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Tags: Encounters with Nature

Day 85: Battle of the Wordsmiths

September 21st, 2008 · 2 Comments

Writers are like cats: a single animal can be companionable and charming, but a whole pride of them is a house divided against itself. Don’t be surprised if they hiss and spit at each other, strike poses on top of the refrigerator and stalk off to sulk under the bed.

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Tags: Schmoozing

Day 64: Writers Erase Editors, 9-2

August 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Yesterday Paragraph, my writing community, took on the editors of New York magazine for a semi-friendly game of softball, the city’s scribes being loosely affiliated into a league and this game, in the sunny and mild week before Labor Day, being the season’s final inning. Team Paragraph arrived early at East River Park (no bosses […]

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Tags: Schmoozing · Sports

Day 42: The World of Mad

August 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment

My friend Dane Golden is in town from San Francisco and wrangled us a tour of the offices of Mad magazine, the publication that was honing satire to a lethal edge years before Stephen Colbert and the editors of The Onion were even born. The office is in a glitzy tower on Broadway near Times […]

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Tags: Entertainment · Personalities · Schmoozing · Sights & Scenes

Day 18: Shhhh! Writers at Work

July 14th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Today I reported for my first session at Paragraph, a haven for writers that sits above a funky lamp store near Union Square. New York is a city of extremes and Paragraph occupies its own special niche: It is a very, very quiet place.

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Tags: Schmoozing · The Rat Race