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Things I miss

3 Jul

Yesterday, while on assignment, I sat across the street from a yarn shop. This reminded me: I once knit a lot. I even became pretty decent, and made a few nice scarves. I’ve dropped that. Like I’ve dropped piano since Barnard demolished McIntosh, the building that housed my practice room. Like I’ve dropped singing since I ran out of classes to sing in. Or painting, when I moved out and away from my easel. Or theater or chemistry or Spanish or Hebrew or French.

Am I that mercurial and faddy? Or non-committal? These are all things that I can do decently, but my failure to permanently give up one in favor of the other has crippled my ability to truly excel.

Ever since I’ve invested a ton of my college time in Spectator, I’ve felt pangs of regret: have I lost these parts of myself? One aspect of journalism that really drew me in was its potential to be everything. While working in news, a reporter can learn about anything and is not restricted. Journalism is an all-encompassing lens, a license to ask all questions, etc. So I thought that was my answer, because it theoretically includes all the things I love. But for that reason, I suppose, I’ve become more of a generalist than a specialist. Too scared to give up one thing, I decided to pursue something that vaguely contains everything. Which one might call nothing. Or general happiness.

A Jewish proverb from Pirkei Avot that I remember learning in grade school says something like, ‘draw a circle around yourself. The things inside will be the things you pursue and grow in.’ Lacking a compass, I suppose, I’ve not drawn mine. Not yet, at least.

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This is every kind of awesome.

5 May

Check out this Cityroom article about ‘Kosher tequila’. Choice bit:

“It was just a thing we came up with,” he said. “Everything is in marketing.”

Mr. Silver said the kosher labeling is supposed to appeal beyond the narrow kosher market. “We want to get into many accounts, many of them are not Jewish, in fact 90 percent of the aren’t,” he said.
He compared it with Manischewitz wine.

“Everyone knows Manischewitz,” he said. “So many who are not Jewish are drinking Manischewitz.”

He added, “If someone says it’s kosher, they say it’s more pure, they think it’s better.”

Just got back from the Daily News office, where I met my boss and got my ID. It was thrilling to be in a real, fast-paced newsroom, and heartening to be introduced to some ex-Speccies who now run the metro desk there. I am excited and terrified to be thrown into the thick of things in June.

Back to papers!