Side Hustling, Chapter 4: The Final Hours

“If you need any more work, let me know,” Roy tells me after he hands me the face cream. “I’ll be inside.”  “Inside where?” I ask. When I turn back around, he’s gone.  Huh. At least...

“Hi! Where are you from?”

When I moved to India at the age of nine, it became easy and almost natural to associate everything good I had ever known with America: annual passes to Disneyland, self-checkout counters at Walmart...

Side Hustling, Chapter 3: Wait — Roosevelt Island Is Real?

After accidentally destroying her roommate’s computer, Valerie must pick up a series of odd jobs in order to rectify the situation. As I tuck Miles into bed, his father bursts into the apartment, whimpering on...

Reducing Your Conscience: Living With OCD

You arrive at CVS armed with Alex’s five dollar bill and yours. He’s in class, so you set off alone to purchase a 10 dollar bag of trail mix to make up for the...

Side Hustling, Chapter 2: Men Are From Mars, Kids Are From Hell

After accidentally destroying her roommate’s computer, Valerie must pick up a series of odd jobs in order to rectify the situation. I try to manifest $800 by imagining the green and the crinkle and the...

How to Fall Out of Love

In the 21 years I’ve been alive I have fallen in love about 500 times over. With colors, places, the taste of a scone in the English countryside, the way crickets sound at midnight,...

Side Hustling, Chapter 1: The Dogs and the Disaster

After accidentally destroying her roommate’s computer, Valerie must pick up a series of odd jobs in order to rectify the situation. Dogs are basically computers. Their operating system can be a little wonky and there’s...

Letters to the Graduate, From the Graduating

https://youtu.be/L9ZyMUL1P2Q Read a transcript of Maxine's poem here: Graduating... _is like breaking up with the person you lit candles for, bought roses for, made mixtapes for, like blacking out the best parts of a love letter _is like...

Italian Horror Story

It felt like a horror film: I was always alone and not alone at the same time. After a full day of treading through Florence’s art museums during the one-week field trip with my scholars’...

A Dancer Is a Body in Motion

“This isn’t a dance class — it’s a life class.” On the first day of my Steinhardt introductory modern dance class, my teacher Allegra Romita stated these words as we sat cross-legged in a circle...

The Wedding, Chapter 4: The Stem of the Glass

A wedding is a time for family, levity and love. But what craziness ensues when an unwanted guest, the groom’s ex to be exact, shows up out of the blue? Find out over the...

The Wedding, Chapter 3: A Stubborn Waltz

A wedding is a time for family, levity and love. But what craziness ensues when an unwanted guest, the groom’s ex to be exact, shows up out of the blue? Find out over the...
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