It was 1:00am and I was fuming. Chest pounding, hulk-roaring, red-eyed glaring, venom spewing M-A-D. I was thumping around my apartment, throwing pillows against the walls, likely waking up my unfortunate neighbors below (and likely my neighbors above too,...
I know I talk a lot about being human, our fundamental shared humanity. I do so because one of my main goals in writing Stuff Learnt is to communicate a strongly held (and scientifically valid) belief – that beyond our...

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

My 10th year college reunion celebration was a few weeks ago. Ten whole years since I was thrust into the world of adulthood, what a milestone! To rejoice this remarkable achievement, I flew down to North Carolina, business class of...
I almost got kicked out of a bar last week. There I was sitting on the bar stool, stone cold sober, silence suddenly blaring down, and a dozen pairs of eyes glaring at me. The bartender was frozen still, mid...
                      Please, dear Soul, you never need to apologize to me. You can always be completely candid with me, I never take offense and I do empathize with how you feel... An unidentified Soul knocks on God’s door. “Come in,” God says. As...

SO, WHERE IS HOME?

I, and I assume most of you reading this have always had somewhere to go. What a blessing. I have a ceiling to wake up to and running water to cleanse my skin. I have toilet paper, a stove,...
I’ve felt overwhelmed with privilege this past year, especially after the opulent, magical, stunning experience of my brother’s wedding. So much beauty and love I honestly didn’t feel capable of taking it all in. Did I deserve to experience...
I was listening to a very smart man give a brief presentation on the history of New York City, focusing on the fact that New York is the only major US city founded on the bedrock of trade. To illustrate...

WHEN DO YOU know you know?

When you know you’ll know.” That’s what I’ve always been told. By the movies, by my elders, by the billboards, and my friends. It’s what I’ve always believed, and have been waiting to find out. But when do you...
His name is spoken in whispers, as if referring to a ghost that could jump out of the corner and terrify you at any moment. Those who had watched his final appearance hated talking about it...  The Critic wasn’t a fighter. He...