30 Other Things Every Woman Should Know By 30 →
Because: The original list has spawned a number of similar lists penned as an addendum or reaction, and this is one such of those pieces. Some of the listed items are funny, others honest, practical tips and still others are heartbreaking.
Living the hip-hop life with a lesser-known son of... →
Because: My alma mater’s most famed undergraduate makes the pages of New York Magazine and elicits alumni reactions of groaning and snickering, as my Twitter feed confirmed. Hay de todo at Northwestern, we’ll say, meaning there really is one of everything, but I’m sure there are many more Chet Hanks types at a place like USC. Does that make it easier or harder, better or worse...
Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down →
Because: Even in this brief excerpt I can draw so many parallels. I must read this full book! But that the title implies hundreds of pages detailing disillusionment, even if done in a sharp, well written way? Well, that’s a bit of a downer.
6. Read obituaries. They are just like biographies, only shorter. They remind us...– 10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You Because: I could take or leave some of the advice in this article, but that whole concept of embracing a non-linear life falls into a camp of thought I’ve subscribed to since I began to contemplate moving abroad after college. In the...
How to Be the Healthiest Person Alive →
Because: If you read one health-related article, maybe ever, let this be it. The takeaway points, some of which shall we say are irreverent, are easy to implement. They also are effective, and though I can’t speak about all of them, for some of the simple ones like chew more and do more high-intensity workouts, I can. I started regular circuit and Crossfit workouts about a year ago, and I am...
"Get your iPhone in Miami": Argentina's...
Argentina Goes Rogue Again Because: Here’s my latest article for Businessweek. It includes a number of wild and close to unbelievable bits, ie the book situation.
Bolaño was no political pamphleteer. And yet his characters’ angst and desires...– Why Roberto Bolaño Haunts Latin Literature Because: I was thrilled to see Latin American literature featured in the mainstream media. I have not yet tackled the Chilean author’s magnum opus of 1,000+ pages, but what I have read of his has made me want more. His writing to me was weird,...
Uruguay's laid-back surfing devil →
Because: I suffered the worst sunburn of my life in Punta del Diablo. We’re talking swelling, blistering, peeling (I was notpicking up any surfers that trip) some-medical-degree-of-burns burn on my face, feet, backs of knees and in between. It was so painful I had trouble sleeping. Luckily, Punta del Diablo was beautiful and tranquil and charming such that I could hold it together....
For Freelancers, Landing a Workspace Gets Harder →
Because:Freelancing is lonesome work, as I found out when I almost went crazy my first few weeks in Argentina giving the fulltime freelancing, work-from-home gig a try. I ended up finding a fulltime job in recruiting and social media, though we worked out of a shared workspace called Urban Station in the Palermo Soho neighborhood of Buenos Aires. This idea of collaborative, co-working sites takes...
Former Daily editor in chief nominated for Mirror... →
Because:Congratulations, Brian! It’s so rewarding to see my former Daily Northwestern compatriots and Medill classmates getting the recognition the deserve and doing big things in journalism, which they really all are. All those delirious hours in the newsroom! And I didn’t even clock many in comparison to others.
For Many Immigrants’ Children, American Dream Lies... →
Because:I read this with curiosity, as an outsider, and then realized I could be considered one of the subjects of the story. My circumstances might be a bit different from the first-generation immigrant child returning to the homeland, thrusting him or herself full in the developing economy, but I am after some sort “American Dream” (Latin American Dream?), I am living abroad in a...
The researchers issued a questionnaire to 10,000 people, and those who spent...– Study Says: Traveling Makes You Happy, more Popular Because: Personal experience bolsters this for me. Growing up, my parents were never the type to take me on blowout shopping sprees and purchase me this new coveted item or that one, but what we did do was travel. We had at least one trip per...
Drinking mate in Buenos Aires →
Because:I wrote a piece about what mate is, the customs and rituals that surround it, and where people can drink it in Buenos Aires. It is one of my favorite Argentine traditions, though it seems I favor most all of them here that involve food and drink (asados, Fernet, gnocchis on the 29, etc). Also, Porota mentioned in the article is delicious and such a sweet little spot.