I started regularly blogging for the Design section of Paste several months ago. Most of the posts are pretty short newsy blurbs, like this one about Wes Anderson posters, and this one about a special edition of Field Notes. And then, inspired by some of my friends who are new parents, I pitched a little round-up of stuffed animals that even adults would love. It turned out to be one of the section’s most popular stories from the last six months. Check it out right here.
During my time working as editor of Panorama and Playbill magazines in Boston, I got the chance to interview some amazing people. Officer Dic Donohue was bouncing back strong after being injured in a shootout following the Boston Marathon bombings.
Tracy Morgan was slightly grumpy — but still funny.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was eloquent and approachable.
Chef Paul Wahlberg was content to let his brothers have the spotlight.
Red Sox backup catcher David Ross had recently signed a $6.2 million deal for the season.
Brothers JP and Paul Norden — both of whom lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombings — had just released a book to share their story.
I chatted with Mike Birbiglia a few weeks before his Boston shows. Talking to him is pretty much the same as listening to him on stage/the radio/TV—he’s approachable, self-deprecating, and completely hilarious. Read the interview here.
Shayla Roland, a fellow University of Mary Washington alum, took part in a special project at the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. She visited the home of Matthew Shepard, the young gay man who was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming, and sifted through thousands of letters to put together a moving exhibition. Read about her in the UMW alumni magazine.
I’ve been working as the editor of Playbill magazine in Boston for a few months now, which has given me the opportunity to interview some pretty amazing theater people. Take Nicky SIlver, an award-winning playwright who was recently tasked with reworking an unpublished Kurt Vonnegut script. He was incredibly candid.
“I read Slaughterhouse Five when I was in college, but I didn’t know anything really about Kurt Vonnegut. I really went because a friend of mine adores Kurt Vonnegut. I thought, well, I’ll go and see if I can get my hands on this script that they’re talking about and I’ll make a copy and give it to my friend, because he’ll be so excited.
Read the full article here.
I talked to installation artist and sculptor Herb Parker about dumpster diving, his studio space, and his strangest discoveries.
An excerpt: “In the late ’80s, I was working as a day laborer tearing down an old warehouse with a sledgehammer. I punched a hole through a wall, looked in, and saw hundreds of figures of adults and children hanging from the roof. It was a surreal moment, beautiful and eerie. They were old plaster mannequins from the ’40s or ’50s. I saved a truckload, but the others were destroyed with the building.”
You can read the full profile in Charleston Magazine.
Not long after leaving Charleston to move to Boston, I wrote the cover story for the Charleston City Paper about Charleston comics who have moved on to new places themselves. It was funny timing, but not as funny as the guys I interviewed. Let’s just say it was very difficult to pare down their quotes. Read the story here.