The Difference Between Understanding And Experiencing Privilege

This month, pending a background check, I’ll start co-leading a writing group for clients at a mental health agency in New York City. It’s the fusion of two passions—creative writing and ending stigma against mental illness. After arriving at the agency yesterday to complete paperwork, I lingered in the lobby waiting for my appointment to … Continue reading The Difference Between Understanding And Experiencing Privilege

Change By Way of Baby Steps

Last summer I discovered Woodlawn, a Bronx neighborhood known as “Little Ireland” for its booming Irish population, suburban solitude tucked fifteen miles from midtown Manhattan.  A year after taking pictures of brick row houses with rooftop balconies, stately apartment buildings, and Victorian-style homes, I helped my boyfriend move into a Woodlawn apartment while still maintaining my … Continue reading Change By Way of Baby Steps

The Young(ish) Woman (Sort Of) in the City

Upon learning that Vivian Gornick—one of my favorite writers—is appearing at The Community Bookstore to promote her new book, The Odd Woman and the City, a follow-up to Fierce Attachments, her bittersweet memoir about her relationship with her mother, I immediately thought of my own version: The Young(ish) Woman (Sort Of) in the City. Since … Continue reading The Young(ish) Woman (Sort Of) in the City