Paris In Between — A Pseudo-Fiction Memoir
For two years, I was in Paris writing a book and travelling the world. That, at least, was my answer to "what do you do?" Really, most of the time was spent wandering the city's streets and cafes, perfecting the art of living easy, blind to the future, at times considering when, where, and how to return to real life in the US but not really wanting to. Paris In Between captures scenes from this period.
Minor Technicality — A Short Story Collection
Inspired by the #metoo movement, each of the 33 stories in this collection imagines an extreme setting in which sexual assault's gray areas are breached. Examples of such settings include (1) the last female human in an alien zoo being forced to mate with a man she finds repulsive and (2) a sex robot who tells her owner she’s not in the mood. Ultimately and darkly, through its absurdism, it presents readers with the quandary: Is it morally irresponsible to be entertained by what I'm reading? The collection is, thusly, a double-sided dare — to laugh, but also to not laugh.
Good Things Also Happen — A Novel
Twenty-eight-year-old Fréderic L’Enfant doesn’t just want to feel younger, he wants to physically re-inhabit his childhood body. To do so, his first solution is to create a company that hypnotizes adults into feeling like kids before setting them loose on an adult-sized playground. His second solution is to get drunk with a giant red exercise ball that he calls Glarg and date a 16-year-old girl. His final solution is to disappear. The main question posed by Fréderic’s story is: How does an adult reconcile the fact that he’s moving further-and-further away from his youth?
Journalism — Articles I wrote for The Atlantic
For one year I had the privilege of working as an Editorial Fellow at The Atlantic. While I was very low-level and most of the day-to-day involved copy-editing and transcribing interviews, I was able to publish 12 articles, carving out a beat that I describe as "international cultural quirks". Article subjects include sauna culture in Finland, rules for touching members of the British royal family, and medical coverage for those who winter in Antarctica.