why i’m moving to Budapest

I In a few weeks, I will be packing two suitcases, boarding a plane, and moving to Budapest. Here's why: I want to be able to speak to my grandfather. He's 92 years old, and I've never learned enough Hungarian to hold a real conversation with him. So, I'll be enrolled in a one-year intensive …

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mimicking the masters

You know when you visit an art museum and you see an art student sitting down with her own easel and paintbrush, copying the brushstrokes of Degas or van Gogh or Michelangelo? Mimicking the masters. Imitating the greats. Practicing on others’ paintings before she finds her own voice, so to speak. In January, my professor recommended …

office space

Sometimes you try to write what’s assigned, and it just doesn’t work. The words are forced, artificially connected by too many conjunctions. When you’re a journalist, though, you’ve always got to write that story. Meet the deadline, even if the article is boring and you’d much rather be finishing up that investigative piece into which you've invested …