Madame X

There she was, imposing, although she was clear across the room. Her skin was luminous. The angle of her head gave her a somewhat haughty air, her dress stunning, as if she was about to go out [...]

Do not read this

Had to click, didn’t you? Curiosity is perhaps our greatest asset as humans. We think that weapons and military might make us strong, but, really, it’s ideas that give us power. [...]

A great cause!

It was my pleasure to be MC at the annual CoFiA fundraiser this past Friday. I was humbled to be among so many people doing such important work to improve the lives of immigrants in our [...]

The echoes of tango

I have a complicated cultural background. Born in Spain to parents who were also born in Spain but raised in Argentina, I was never sure what to bring to my school’s “We Are All [...]

Nabokov’s writing

When I was a junior in high school, I convinced my English teacher to let me do my big year-end paper on Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. I can’t remember where I first found the book [...]

New family member

I’m a big believer that if you’re trying to force something to happen, it’s probably not meant to be. So it was when my kids were away and I wanted to surprise them upon their [...]

Back to “school”

The breeze coming in through the window of my office is spectacular. I’ve worked downstairs a lot during the summer, a thing I tell myself is for comfort, but can sometimes result in me [...]

Yay, Huma!

News just broke that Huma Abedin is finally dropping Anthony Weiner like the horny little hot potato that he is. Damn, that took so much longer than it should have. But, yes, she is finally [...]

Fit to be cross

I don’t like working out under the best of circumstances, but CrossFit is a special kind of hell. Designed with the idea that lifting ridiculous amounts of weight lots and lots of times is [...]

Be a Martian

When I was a kid I used to love to sit on the rickety stairs of our old rental house at night, look up at stars and wonder who was out there. Years before I heard the old Carl Sagan line, [...]