Pre-Information: The Essential Step to Rapid Learning

(Spoiler alerts for The Karate Kid (1984) but if you’ve had over thirty years to watch it so I don’t know what else to tell you.)  “Hey Sensei, is there any way in particular you want me to wash these windows?” “No, I don’t give a fuck.” shouts Sensei Johnny Lawrence from the Cobra Kai … Continue reading Pre-Information: The Essential Step to Rapid Learning

Beach Dancing: What Hank Moody Misunderstood About Los Angeles

What happens when a lifelong east coaster jets away on the cross country plane from New York’s gridlocked, focused streets to the city of supposed angels? I found it to be every bit as frustrating as New Yorkers say it is. And as awesome (the 18th-century meaning) as adopted Californians insist.  A few months ago, … Continue reading Beach Dancing: What Hank Moody Misunderstood About Los Angeles

My Favorite Published Articles of 2020

Man, what a year. I don't have to say anything else, because we all know what a shitshow 2020 has been. But I will say more, because I like writing things. 2020 has been a strange, heart-breaking, eye-opening year. It’s been a year marked with immense difficulties for nearly everyone. And it’s also one where … Continue reading My Favorite Published Articles of 2020

Life Lessons Learned The Chess Way

(Another title with a punk music reference. You know the drill. Hat Tip: A Day to Remember) I’m staring down at the rickety wooden table covered by 64 squares and 32 pieces in Chess Forum, New York’s iconic old-school chess parlor. Located in my neighborhood Greenwich Village, it’s the site where the only American World … Continue reading Life Lessons Learned The Chess Way

I Made It To the NHL (well, sort of)

Every hockey player growing up thinks they’ll make it to the NHL.‏‎ ‎I was no different.‏‎ ‎Eventually though, for virtually all of us, that dream recedes as the competitive reality of the hockey world sets in.‏‎ ‎That dream turned out to be not as preposterous as I thought. I’m excited and honored to announce the … Continue reading I Made It To the NHL (well, sort of)

Redefining Emo: Five Years of ‘Life’s Not Out to Get You’

It changed the genre so much, now we call it “pop-punk” What it means to be emo in 2020 has drastically changed since its mainstream peak in the late ’90s and early 2000s. Traditionally characterized by bands like blink-182, My Chemical Romance, and Taking Band Sunday, “emo” music portrayed that it’s okay to be mad … Continue reading Redefining Emo: Five Years of ‘Life’s Not Out to Get You’

Of Dragons and Dreams: My Battles with Envy

Look, it’s easy for me to write what I’m excited to share. Like learning a language in a month by talking to topless women, or getting an internship with my childhood hero. This isn’t like that. It was hard to write, it’s harder to read back, and it’ll be even harder to admit to those … Continue reading Of Dragons and Dreams: My Battles with Envy

David’s Declassified Gym Survival Guide

[Calling all 2000’s Nickelodeon kids: This show did not get the love it deserves.] College gyms suck. As if college weren’t crazy enough, the barriers and challenges to maintain a gym routine present preposterous predicaments.  For starters, they’re a pool of hormones, emotions, and stress. Once you add the sweat, stench, and close quarters, many … Continue reading David’s Declassified Gym Survival Guide