I've lived in Brooklyn, worked in Manhattan, rarely been to Queens, coasted through the Bronx, and touched my toes on Staten Island. I've had one experience of the city, and it is hardly representative. But it is still authentic.
Chapter IX: Allston is the cirrhosis-stricken liver of Boston’s college nexus. Calling it rat-infested inaccurately characterizes the natural ecosystem.
Chapter VI: I arrived in Nashville defeated. I had crawled through San Francisco and Chicago amidst the worst of the Great Recession and come out the other side, officially in the latter half of 10 Cities/10 Years; I was drained, bitter, and ready to give up.
Chapter II: I chose Philadelphia for my second year specifically so I could push myself, test my mettle. In that sense, it fulfilled every expectation.
It's been some time since I wrote 1 of these, but seeing as I'm in my last month, I figured I'd bring back this feature for an appropriate send off. Bar regulars are a varied lot. There are the assholes and the loners, but somewhere in between sits the patron saint of all drunks: The … Continue reading BARchetypes: The One Who’s Gonna Die Here
Welp, the time has come for my annual tradition (of which I have many). Just as I gave my impressions of Nashville, Seattle and New Orleans, it's time to give Boston it's very own report card. As usual, I must give my caveats about subjective experience and the limits of any person to fully experience … Continue reading Boston: Final Thoughts on Bean Town
My year in New Orleans has come to its conclusion (can you believe it's been a full year?) and it's time for me to bite the bullet and discuss my experience.
Since moving to New Orleans in September, I've been struck by how very town-like this 'city' is. It's decidedly lacking in the metropolitan aura of Chicago or Seattle, or even San Francisco which, at not even 50 square miles, is tiny but feels big. (By contrast, New Orleans is nearly 170 square miles.) This is … Continue reading What Exactly Is New Orleans?