Recent Writing

“I like to see people reunited, I like to see people run to each other, I like the kissing and the crying, I like the impatience, the stories that the mouth can’t tell fast enough, the ears that aren’t big enough, the eyes that can’t take in all of the change, I like the hugging, the bringing together, the end of missing someone.” ―Jonathan Safran Foer

I absolutely love the holiday season, and though it brings with it crazy schedules, obligations, and somehow always ushers in change, the fact that I’m writing as I watch the snow fall and reminding myself that I get to see so many people I care about as they travel back to town fills me with infinite joy.

So, what have I been up to as of late?

For Gapers Block, I’ve written about some fun events and chatted with some talented individuals. I previewed an epic weekend concert event centered around the legendary scores of Leonard Bernstein. I gave away a pair of tickets to see Kaskade at Navy Pier, undoubtedly an unforgettable concert experience.

I spoke with Melissa Basilone, co-founder of Sputnik, a new shop on the Northwest side that sells records and books, yet is also a place to hang out in a welcoming, space-themed atmosphere. I also chatted with Anthony Pavel, talented producer and musician, who just dropped a cover of Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” before his full EP is released very soon.

Have you heard of Daybreaker yet? If not, check out this preview I wrote of Chicago’s first installment. The next event is December 18, and I personally cannot wait to get those endorphins flowing and dance it out before even going to work on a Friday morning.

Because this weather has just begun to descend upon our now wintry city, I created a playlist to listen to as the snow falls. Enjoy with a steamed beverage in hand.

I also created a playlist dedicated to French culture after watching the film A Good Year, and wrote about my ’70s-influenced musical obsession, Tobias Jesso Jr.

I’ve also started adding posts to my blog, which I’ve been conceptualizing for years. Check out my musings on the month of October, as well as an analysis of why Pretty in Pink still matters.

Besides writing, recent times have brought about belly laughs, life lessons, and times I wouldn’t trade for anything else. As I’m ready to close out 2015, I am thankful for all that it has taught me and can’t wait to continue the journey.

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