Trusting the Process: Nadya Andrianova

We never spoke while we were students at Rutgers. I didn’t know who she was, she didn’t know who I was, but we knew of each other. She thought I was mysterious, intense, and serious – what a clever ruse I’ve got going – I thought she was in charge of the graphic design lab,Continue reading “Trusting the Process: Nadya Andrianova”

The Extraordinary from the Negligible: Conspiracy Theorists

The internet is a breeding ground for all manner of vile conspiracy theories and misinformation. This isn’t news, but in recent years, conspiracy theory culture has gained quite a bit of steam. Far beyond the days of conspiracy theories surviving in isolated communities, these theories are now acted upon as though entirely true, as thoughContinue reading “The Extraordinary from the Negligible: Conspiracy Theorists”

Too Dumb to Live: America’s COVID Response

Americans have been wading through the pandemic, all the while kicking and screaming against what they see as a breach of their freedoms. This would be laughable if it wasn’t causing so much avoidable suffering. Our embarrassing and uniquely American disposition betrays a level of privilege heretofore unseen. It’s as though in braving the sameContinue reading “Too Dumb to Live: America’s COVID Response”

Digital Breakdown: How Social Media Affects Mental Health

I’m not that old, I’m only 29. My generation is the last to transition from a world without social media to a world with it. Before you skip ahead a few pages to avoid some cranky diatribe about how social media is bad, give this a chance. I do not think that social media isContinue reading “Digital Breakdown: How Social Media Affects Mental Health”

Newark Joins the Whiskey Trade: All Points West Distillery

Originally Appeared in ChicpeaJC. Gil Spaier’s mind is a proverbial Pandora’s box of grain spirit knowledge. Open that box and you’re introduced to Spaier’s encyclopedic expertise – a seemingly endless torrent of historic knowledge and a lexicon of terms old and new. Spaier isn’t messing around, he knows his stuff. Spaier, 45, is the ownerContinue reading “Newark Joins the Whiskey Trade: All Points West Distillery”

American Bloodthirst:

UFC, MMA, and CTE Americans have a nearly unquenchable bloodthirst. We as a people are entertained by violence – be it football, hockey, or boxing, there is an undeniable draw towards such organized savagery. With that undeniable draw also comes undeniable consequences for the participants – irreparable brain damage chief among them. We’re only justContinue reading “American Bloodthirst:”

An Absence of Vinyl in Newark

Originally appeared in Newance Magazine. Records are making a comeback in a big way. The 2000’s have ushered in a new era of popularity for vinyl records – a booming vinyl resurgence in a most unlikely time: the digital age. 2019: an on-the-go time where everyone wants their content to be as mobile as theyContinue reading “An Absence of Vinyl in Newark”

Divorce Done Dirt Cheap

Originally appeared in Newance Magazine. Newark is home to many fine businesses, restaurants, bars, and museums, but only one business offers an authentic slice of the American way: cheap divorce.  You can’t miss it. Driving down Route-21, passing a proverbial rainbow of dry cleaners, liquor stores, and restaurants – and then the biggest sign ofContinue reading “Divorce Done Dirt Cheap”

Whiskey Flows in the Ironbound

Originally appeared in Newance Magazine. “There is no New York or New Jersey style whiskey,” said Gil Spaier. It was this notion and a deep historical knowledge that lead Spaier, 45, to found All Points West Distillery with one mission: reviving a classic method to create spirits unlike anything anyone had ever tasted. Two yearsContinue reading “Whiskey Flows in the Ironbound”