I just read a really upsetting article on the economics of online fame which mentioned how YouTube star Meghan Tonjes was headlining a concert “to screaming, crying fans” and the festival folks were making bank off her, but meanwhile she was broke as a joke and didn’t even know “whether she’d be able to afford […]Read more "I Am Addicted To The Internet"
It’s 8AM and I’m on drugs. It’s 40 degrees outside, but I’ve got a spring in my step. I’m zipping down the street, the euphoric pop beats of Galantis pounding away through my headphones, my entire being electrified in a way I imagine that first night at EDC feels like. Endorphins are so real, and […]Read more "Choosing Happiness, Defending Sadness"
His name was Steven, too, though obviously spelled incorrectly. Twenty five, a chef, and living in a sick apartment with a rooftop lounge overlooking Brooklyn, he seemed pretty perfect. His photos and text message persona checked off all of my boxes, and my expectations were surpassed in person. I couldn’t be sure that our first night together wouldn’t be our […]Read more "How I Lost A Guy In 10 Days"
This is an actual thing a priest said to me once and it was so funny it almost made me rejoin the Church: “Don’t sweat the petty things…and don’t pet the sweaty things.” Later I would come to find out this priest jacked the joke from George Carlin, but still: hilarious and accurate, nonetheless. It’s […]Read more "We Can Be So Much Freer Than We Allow Ourselves To Be"
I was having dinner with a friend the other night when he pulled out his phone to show me a New York-based life coach on Instagram. He’s 27, gay, has 125K followers, and is also a fashion model, personal trainer, writer, and self-described “influencer.” I scrolled through his feed of gorgeous photos, which led to binge-reading all […]Read more "You Weren’t Born To Be Basic, You Were Born To Be Bold"
“I’m feeling…” She closes her eyes and takes a deep breath. “Centered and resilient.” Everyone smiles and nods approvingly. The man next to her, with his hair in a bun and an om sign tattooed on his wrist, takes a moment before speaking, choosing his words carefully. “I’m feeling grateful that I could share this […]Read more "Real Spirituality: Why You Won’t Get To Heaven Shopping At Lululemon"
The sun’s hitting my face as it shines through the window of his bedroom, the morning after our first night together. I pay attention to the details, hoping to capture and remember every moment. I’m looking at the tops of buildings outside, and feeling the warmth of the sun’s rays on my skin, and the weight […]Read more "Don’t Play Hard To Get, BE Hard To Get"