Category Archives: Life as I Know it

Column: May the funny one win?

I’ve always gotten by being the funny one. It was late in elementary school when I realized it wasn’t going to be my looks or my athletic prowess—and certainly not my dire lack of both—that was going to carry the day for me, if in fact I was ever going to win any days. It […]

Column: The best places I’ve never lived

First of all, thank you to everyone who wrote in suggesting things I should do during my 12-hour layover in Chicago this past weekend. I took the Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise, which was the most suggested thing, and it was great. In fact, my whole do-it-yourself Amtrak residency to get started on my next […]

Column: Men, you are not entitled to anything

Another mass murder this week. This time a 22-year-old man from Santa Barbara, Calif., Elliot Rodger, the son of a Hollywood assistant director, stabbed three men to death in his apartment and then used his car and two 9mm pistols in an attempt to kill as many more people as he could. He succeeded three […]

Column: What am I not going to do?

As I’ve understood it, Chicago is a hell of a town. Let’s hope so. Several weeks ago, we talked about my fascination and wonder with the possibility of an Amtrak residency, wherein a writer was able to ride the rails free of charge so long as she, in addition to any other writing she did, […]

Column: How not to handle a kidnapping

As I write this, 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, most ranging in age from 16 to 18, are in the custody of Boko Haram, a radical Islamist terrorist group, somewhere in the country’s jungles. To date, the most significant sign of the world’s outrage is a hashtag on Twitter. In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt was confronted with […]

Column: I did it! Wait, did I do it?

By the time you read this, I will have a novella on the market. I’m ecstatic about that. I think. I’ve wanted to write fiction since I was in the first grade. I didn’t realize I wanted to be serious about writing fiction until about 12th grade. I don’t know how or why but, once […]

Column: Spock would be a frustrated mayor

By now, it should be no surprise to you to learn, first, I am a Star Trek nerd and, second, I vastly prefer the original series—Kirk, McCoy, Scotty, et al.—to anything that’s come after it. It occurred to me the other day Mr. Spock would have a lot of trouble being a municipal mayor in […]

Column: Thanks for nothing, Bow Tie

Sometimes progress isn’t. Last year, I wrote a profile of the Mamaroneck Playhouse movie theater for a special edition of the Review. I took some time to get to know the place and some of the people who’d been affected by it. If you’d like to visit the Mamaroneck Playhouse, you may do so, it’s […]

Column: In defense of Captain America

I love Captain America. Let’s start there. A week or so ago, the pop culture website Vulture published an article in which the writer, Abraham Riesman, posits Captain America is, in essence, a boring character and can only be made interesting if he’s portrayed as, for lack of a better word, a jerk. If you […]