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I’ll be updating this blog on a weekly basis with general thoughts/musings on experiences that are relevant to the film and New York City experience.

Tweeting into the Soul of America

Posted March 21, 2017

People tell me not to do it. “It’s just going to make you angry.” “People only go on there to piss other people off.” “It’s not what real people think.” It’s this last comment that makes me stop every time. Whenever we want to minimize the trolling and posturing that happens on Twitter, we  suggest […]

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What’s Your Role?

Posted March 8, 2017

People who sing the praises of “I Am Not Your Negro,” tend to mention being bowled over by James Baldwin’s prolific insights or being struck by the similarity between the world he was commenting on and the one we seem to be living in now. In all of this, I agree. However, there is one, […]

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Excuses and Accountability: My Reaction to Recent Gun Deaths

Posted July 7, 2016

Like most people, I’ve been thinking a lot about the recent deaths of Alton Sterling, Delrawn Small, and Philando Castile. I say “thinking” instead of “feeling” deliberately. I know how I “feel” (frustrated, angered, confused), but my brain keeps thinking about how, and where, to put those feelings into words or expressions. I’ve written and […]

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The Ping of a Bat, The Crash of Nostalgia

Posted May 27, 2016

There’s a sound that’s been with me my entire life that I’ll probably never hear again. It’s cacophonous and metallic, vibrating and piercing. It’s at once instantaneous and seems to float endlessly with the soft push of the wind. It can single both triumph and heartbreak at the same pitch and tone. It’s the sound […]

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Three Week Transformation: The Fire Island Basketball Tournament

Posted May 17, 2016

I was recently reminded of an article I wrote for RealCity back in 2012 and, with the summer fast approaching, I thought it might make sense to share a version here as well. It’s pasted below exactly as it was written in 2012. Every Friday during the last three weeks of August, 84 men — […]

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Judging By Appearance is Wrong, Except in the Exit Row

Posted May 12, 2016

Traveling seems to be a major headache for everybody these days. From the increased prices to the crazy long security lines, there’s become an increasing number of variables that continue to agitate and frustrate commuters. While many of us believe that the changes are for our security, I can’t help but notice how almost everything […]

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The Art of Losing: How it Can Save Us All

Posted February 19, 2016

I’ve lost a lot. In 31 years of board games, arguments, fights with friends, and athletic competitions, I’ve been on the losing end countless times. I’ve lost championship games, heart-breaking last second collapses, and seen my athletic career end while another team celebrated just feet away from me. It never gets easier, and I’ve never […]

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Identity Theft: The Oscar Nomination and Snubs as NBA Players

Posted January 17, 2016

With the Oscar nominations coming out earlier this week, the internet has, not surprisingly, been caught up in the ongoing discussion of who got snubbed, who was unfairly rewarded, and whose success is the most surprising. As I read all of the discussions, I can’t help but notice a similarity between the way many people […]

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Vlogging Your Life, Whether You Like it or Not

Posted January 3, 2016

“It’s so sad. His world is fake, and he doesn’t even know it.” I inevitably hear this comment at least once during the school year after my 6th-grade class reads The Giver. I like to pair the book with “The Truman Show” so that the students can really get a good sense of what it would […]

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Tragedy Revisited: Talking With My Students About Paris

Posted November 16, 2015

On September 11th, 2001, I was a sixteen-year-old junior at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn with minimal political activism and  little to no knowledge of Middle East geography and ideologies. On November 16th, 2015, I stood in front of a group of seventeen sixteen-year-old French and French-American students, tasked with helping them understand what […]

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Quiet in the Streets, but a King on the Web: Society’s False Bravado

Posted October 18, 2015

A funny thing happened on the way to modern technology giving every citizen a voice: we became silent in our every day lives. As instances of cyber bullying, internet trolling, and general online douchebaggery continue to gain our attention, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that we, as a society, are becoming more introverted and closed off […]

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Let Me Be: Teenagers Are Worried By Your Desire to Protect Them

Posted September 24, 2015

After reading the Atlantic’s article on how colleges were “coddling the American mind,” I was curious to see how my teenage students responded to the culture they were growing up in. What did they think about the atmosphere they would soon be entering in college? What did they think about the way in which we […]

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Over-reaction Theater: How Our Culture is Turning Everybody into a Villain

Posted September 21, 2015

As a nation we have a problem with over-reacting. Usually, our propensity for quick aggression comes to mind when people think of foreign policy tactics or the way in which we’ve decided to cover the news. However, recently it’s become a problem in cultural and social situations as well. As we continue to try and find […]

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Myth of Meeting: Why We Place So Much Importance on an Introduction

Posted August 19, 2015

“How did you meet?” It’s almost always the first question anybody asks when you introduce a new person you’re seeing. It’s become as instinctive as saying “Good” when somebody asks how you are or offering a “Nice to meet you,” when you leave people you will forget about ten minutes later. It’s a seemingly innocuous […]

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A Week With Three Gringos: Dominican Adventures

Posted August 11, 2015

A creative spirit can be infectious. I think that’s part of the reason I find myself writing early in the morning during my vacation in the Dominican Republic. Since my arrival on Friday night (after a 6 hour delay in Miami thanks to the solid work of American Airlines) I’ve seen constant examples of the friendliness of […]

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Best Loser: The Consequences of Our Love of Trophies

Posted August 6, 2015

HBO’s weekly program Real Sports aired an episode last week that featured a segment called Trophy Nation, about America’s desire to give every kid a trophy and tell kids they’re special. The episode isn’t available online yet (except on HBO’s streaming platforms), but give me two minutes and just check out the trailer below: http://www.hbo.com/real-sports-with-bryant-gumbel/episodes/0/220-episode/video/ep-220-trophy-nation-trailer.html?autoplay=true I can’t really grasp why […]

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Swipe by Swipe: Stages of Modern Relationships

Posted July 29, 2015

All relationships pass through a certain set of signposts. That’s been the case for generations. From first encounters to first dates to first kisses, there have always been signposts that helped to determine what phase a given relationship might be in. Without the constant ability to communicate with each other 24/7, those signposts were crucial in […]

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A Fitness Indoctrination and Drug Time Warp

Posted July 19, 2015

On Saturday at 4:30pm, I unknowingly became part of a cult. It starts innocently enough, as I assume all cults do. I’m looking for a way to burn off some of the Vermont beer I’d been generously sampling over the last three days without putting too much stress on my old man back that had begun […]

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Summer and the Feeling of Uselessness

Posted July 8, 2015

Most of the people in my life have been telling me how lucky I am to have the summers off. While it quickly becomes redundant, it’s also a statement which I mostly agree with. Having mornings to sleep in, time to organize drinks with friends, or the freedom to work on projects I’m passionate about is […]

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The Rise of the Parents

Posted June 12, 2015

I’ve been thinking a lot about parenting lately. Not because I’m about to be one (don’t worry, Mom. It will happen eventually), but because many people around me seem to be. I’ve been referred to as “Uncle Eric” numerous times in the last calendar year, and I’ll likely hear it once more with my best friend […]

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Can Sports Teach Better Than We Think?

Posted May 18, 2015

Sports don’t get enough respect. I know that seems like a crazy statement considering a few of my last posts, the amount of money that athletes get paid, how much the media discusses sports, and how much time the average American spends watching sports, but I stand by it. Sure, sports get respect as an […]

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Silent But Deadly: The Treatment of Women in Professional Sports

Posted May 7, 2015

All that glitters certainly isn’t gold. Nowhere is that more evident than in professional sports. Whether it’s the harsh, and consistent, reality of concussions in football, the indentured servitude during the construction of World Cup facilities, or point shaving and gambling in multiple sports, the things we’ve come to love and cherish often wind up being a steaming […]

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Rise in TV Engagement Proves That English Teachers are Doing Too Good a Job

Posted April 15, 2015

All English teachers, can I have your attention please? There’s something you need to be aware of: you’re doing your job TOO WELL. Sure, most people can’t decide which their/there/they’re to use, nobody knows how the hell to use a semi-colon, and words are being replaced by emojis without prejudice, but the analysis! Everywhere you […]

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Your Life is So Hard- A Teacher Rant

Posted April 6, 2015

“Your life is so hard.” It’s always said with an accompanying eye roll, sigh, or any other variety of clear indicators of sarcasm. It’s a statement that every teacher hears at least once during the calendar year, mostly  right before, or several times during, summer vacation.  However, I’ve been hearing it a lot as spring […]

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Over-Correcting: Reactions to the 2015 Oscars Through a Racial Lens

Posted February 24, 2015

As human beings we tend to over-react. You’ve lived the “worst day ever” countless time. There have been multiple cuts of beef that were the “best steak you’ve ever had.” You’ve passed the “hottest guy ever” on the street every single month. We often talk about how those over-exaggerations tend to be damning and diluting, […]

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Break-Ups in the Modern Era

Posted January 23, 2015

As a culture, we have these potentially subconscious ideas of what break-ups entail. Watch any form of entertainment and you’ll see the same actions being taken, words being said, and marks being hit. We’ve gotten so used to the repetition that the phrase, “It’s not you, it’s me” has even carried over into other areas […]

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Golden Globes and the Culture of Hate

Posted January 15, 2015

Watching the Golden Globes is generally a mindless affair. For decades my parents and I have sat, or rather laid, on the couch, and numbly watched the succession of awards being presented to various movies and TV shows. Rather voracious consumers of entertainment, we absentmindedly state who should win and then  groan in disagreement or […]

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Future Generation Reflects on Current Events

Posted December 5, 2014

The beauty of teaching is watching your students engage with the world around them in a new way. The gut-wrenching part is when that involves 15 and 16 year old students being faced with a reality like we one we’ve seen the ugly side of these past few weeks. With the recent grand jury decision on Michael Brown […]

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Afraid to Fail

Posted November 24, 2014

Kids don’t take risks anymore. It seems like a counter-intuitive thought given the narrative we keep hearing about the plethora of opportunities for creative people with drive or inquisitive types with the ambition to learn new skills. Yet, it’s a truth that I’ve begun to see in my classroom and in the approach to life […]

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When A Teacher Teaches Nothing

Posted September 22, 2014

There are few more disheartening moments for a teacher then when a lesson goes horribly wrong. Perhaps the only thing worse is when the poor lesson is on something that you know the students would benefit from. Not just for the upcoming test or paper, but in their lives outside of school as well. It’s a feeling […]

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Theft and Death

Posted August 18, 2014

When I was a kid I stole a Charleston Chew from a candy store. Phew. That feels good to say. I believe I was around eight years old and was in Ocean Beach, Fire Island. Additionally, I was so bad at pulling off this heist that I pulled the candy bar out of my pocket while […]

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Exploring NYC: Bagel and Bike Tour

Posted July 30, 2014

The teacher’s summer is a gift and a curse. On one hand, you get seven weeks off of work, which is tough to complain about. On the other hand, you have seven weeks where people constantly tell you all the things they would be doing if they had time off from work. Which leads to a […]

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America’s Entitlement Problem

Posted July 9, 2014

My high school basketball coach used to say that he hated “entitlement bulls#@t.” I’m not so sure he was using the word appropriately then, but he may have been warning us about the future. While our team expected to win, it was because we worked hard and put in the time to constantly improve and get […]

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Sports: A Shatterable Dream

Posted June 24, 2014

A life-long passion for sports can be both a gift and a curse. The euphoric highs of winning championships and celebrating with teammates is matched by the sheer devastation of watching those celebratory hopes slip away. All the hard work and effort that goes into one moment; elation and heartbreak balancing on the thinnest of […]

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Barbershop Conversations

Posted May 20, 2014

I don’t talk at barbershops. It’s not a conscious decision. I’ve even attempted on multiple occasions to make the concerted effort to strike up a conversation. It just never seems to work. My eyes inevitably seem to get heavy, and I tend to zone out. If a barber could give me a legit haircut as […]

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Headphone Defense

Posted March 3, 2014

Chances are, if you’ve lived in NYC for over three years, you know what the “Headphone Defense” is. You may not have used the words to describe it, but the action is all too familiar.

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Welcome to My Site

Posted December 20, 2013

Thanks for visiting my newly launched webpage. I’ll be updating this blog on a weekly basis with general thoughts/musings on experiences that are relevant to the film and New York City experience. On the site you can also find links to my short films and commercial video projects, as well as a taste of the […]

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