12 Sep 2017

A Woman By Herself: Being Astonished with Margaret Muza

A Woman By Herself: Being Astonished with Margaret Muza

When Margaret Muza is developing a tintype, she expects a sort of miracle staring back at her. She’s pleased with a photo when its subject, who is usually huddled next to her around the plastic tray she swirls “fixer” chemicals in to coat the tintype and finish the developing process, gasps as their image surfaces. […]

2 Sep 2017

Unafraid

Unafraid

  Dee’s passion project is a podcast about horror. She and her closest friend have built this podcast together from the ground up. Each piece of the show is an aspect of the pair’s creativity and teamwork: the photography, graphic design, themes, interviews, even the cocktails they concoct to go with that week’s theme with […]

26 Aug 2017

What Drew and Jolena Need

What Drew and Jolena Need

When you are a vibrant person, buoyant with energy and chatter and pluck, you may need to be with someone who is constant. You may need him to calm you when your verve tips over into anxiety, which it often does. You may want him to point out that you’re absentmindedly at it again in […]

18 Aug 2017

Our Own Little Escape from the Sidewalk

Our Own Little Escape from the Sidewalk

Because I know families share the same life together but often see it very differently, I sat with each member of this family individually, out of earshot of the others, and asked them about their home. Maya (16): We live in a third floor Brooklyn apartment. It’s only a one bedroom, but it’s still home […]

12 Aug 2017

We Turn the Pages: Our Pfister Book Club Meets Again!

We Turn the Pages: Our Pfister Book Club Meets Again!

I gave an important disclaimer to our first month’s book club participants about my August selection: the first half of the novel is pretty dark, but if you continue through to the end, the author achieves well-earned hopefulness in a book so rich you’ll never forget it. For many of the 29 people who found […]

5 Aug 2017

Ebb and Swell

Ebb and Swell

When Marielle was seven, she visited her mother in The Philippines, in a group of islands called Cebu. The house was on the beach, and she could see the ocean from the upstairs. There were no windowsills, just wide holes displaying the water. Crabs and shells, relics of tides, were her playthings. She bathed in […]