Looking at Advertisements as Time Capsules

Part of my summer cleaning involved removing 50 pounds worth of Bon Appetite magazines from my grandmother’s kitchen cabinets. Before throwing monoliths of magazines away, I decided to flip through a few of them. Bon Appetite is a good magazine if cooking is your thing, but what intrigued me was looking at the advertisements. What…

Four Places to Get Your #LongReads

To be a better writer, you must read. It’s an adage everyone is familiar with, but nobody takes the time to follow. Unfortunately, the majority of online content that gets posted, shared and consumed isn’t longer than 500 words. Which is a pity, considering the Web offers so many choices for long form storytelling. There…

Back to the Kid’s Table: Using Regression as a Stress Reliever

In colleges across America, the two first weeks of December are some of the most stressful days of the year. Final exams and projects are all crammed into this tiny time frame where a semester’s worth of knowledge is expected to be condensed into one effort. A popular way many college students deal with that…

“Master of None” & the Millennial’s Relationship with Food

Aziz Ansari’s recently released Netflix show Master of None is a hit for many reasons: it’s diverse cast, thoughtful plot lines and interesting structure separate it from the wave of other “must watch” TV shows of today. While all of these components are important to the show’s unique style, there is another aspect that sets…

The Role of the Boston Public Library in the 21st Century

The question “Where is your favorite spot in the city?” is a complete no-brainer for me. The answer will always be, “the Boston Public Library.” It has been there for me more than any sort of entity has been in the past three years (well, at least until nine o’clock). It’s where I spend my…

Learning the Forgotten History of Boston’s West End

When people think of neighborhoods in downtown Boston, they think of the North End, the South End, Chinatown and Beacon Hill. When I heard of the “West End” of Boston, I wasn’t even sure if it existed. Because it doesn’t. Of course, the area of land that is the West End still exists, but there…

Fast Fashion: Who’s Really Paying the Price?

The brown paper bags are ubiquitous. It is impossible to walk down Washington Street or anywhere in the Downtown Crossing area without seeing them. They can be the size of a lunch bag or the size of a suitcase; either way, the hands they are held in swing them back and forth, content with their…

So Someone You Know Has Published an Article for “Thought Catalog”

Or Her Campus. Or The Odyssey Online. Or Total Sorority Move. Or any other “platisher” (a portmanteau of platform and publisher) website that produces content aimed at a millennial women, with the intent of getting as many clicks as possible. It happens to all of us who have Facebook accounts. You’re scrolling down your Feed, past…

An Ode to the Mustard Yellow Scarf

Fall brings a lot of changes as a season: the leaves, the chilling temperatures and more unattainably-priced fashion trends no one can afford. This year, I stepped out of my style comfort zone in one simple way: by purchasing a mustard yellow scarf. If I were to categorize my style, I would say it’s a healthy…