The Old Lady and the Giant

Inspired by the summer I lived in the basement of Marty’s house, my illustrated children’s story The Old Lady and the Giant is ready to leap off more than my shelf. If you know any literary agents or children’s book publishers, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I’m looking for any and all . . . → Read More: The Old Lady and the Giant

Houdini at Bat

“I could do things like tap the dirt off my cleats with the bat and swing back and forth like they taught us. Twist the neck and squint, spit. Stepping up to the plate, though I’d look forward to where the ball was to come from, the pitcher, and all I’d see was an etching . . . → Read More: Houdini at Bat


The Greatest Light

Josef was a man ever-growing his capacity for the arts, never satisfied. He took to knitting once, starting with hats and gloves to keep him warm in the winter’s freeze and graduated to quilts and rugs before tailoring lush curtains for Broadway and, in a rare sense of adequacy, retired his deft talent upon catching . . . → Read More: The Greatest Light

The Stand: NYC Dance Marathon meets Space Clamps

Two of my favorite things, dance and music, are about to collide.

I had the good fortune of taking part in the University of Iowa Dance Marathon from 2004 to 2009, a time I cherish for all your usual reasons: great cause, great people, great dance party. When I moved to New York from Iowa . . . → Read More: The Stand: NYC Dance Marathon meets Space Clamps

Qualia Fest 2012, in review

As previewed by Ariel Kaminer of the New York Times, the 3rd Annual Qualia Fest this year was full of nerd rock, philosophical beat poetry, and tons of this guy. That’s right, none of those links are actually of any acts from this year, which means stay tuned to the webs, good people, and let’s . . . → Read More: Qualia Fest 2012, in review

Dialoge mit Pascal Wallisch II

[Author’s Note: The first Dialoge mit Pascal Wallisch was several months ago, where Pascal joined the first-year graduate student office at CNS for an afternoon and talked about whatever was on his mind. This Dialoge was arranged for the Advanced Science Communication Workshop with Stephen Hall at NYU, where the prompt was to write a . . . → Read More: Dialoge mit Pascal Wallisch II

Modern Diseases of the Will: Developmental Diseases of the Graduate Student

Author’s note: This piece was prepared for a science writing workshop with Stephen Hall in October, 2011. The prompt was to read the chapter from Cajal’s “Advice for a Young Investigator” on Diseases of the Will, and invent our own modern diseases of the will.

At a Friday happy hour on the Lower . . . → Read More: Modern Diseases of the Will: Developmental Diseases of the Graduate Student

Stars and the Sky

Winter was a world of darkness. Arriving before sunrise, six out of seven days were in the lab, in the dark room. In vision experiments, I had to control every photon that was meant to be seen, meaning stray light was prohibited from leaking into the room with lots of felt and duct tape.

. . . → Read More: Stars and the Sky

An Arm and an Eye

“Well my arm, yea, always been kind of shaky. I was climbing a tree when I was six or seven and fell landed on a barbed wire fence. Ripped right into the bicep. Pretty clean cut, considering these barbs aren’t exactly fresh out of the sharpening factory. I was able to get good function back . . . → Read More: An Arm and an Eye


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