Marc Escañuelas is currently traveling around the world.
Edith Zimmerman: Marc, you are traveling around the world alone for 500 days. What! How did you get into this incredible situation?
Marc Escañuelas: I got on a plane! A Taiwanese plane that was mostly empty so I got a whole row to myself. In all seriousness, nothing about this trip was planned. I've been traveling on and off for several years but never longer than a few months. I turned 30 at the end of 2011 and just felt kinda stuck and decided I needed/wanted a reboot.
What did you leave behind?
Pretty much everything including my connection to reality. [...]
Emailing with author Maggie Shipstead. Edith Zimmerman: Maggie! Okay. You travel a lot, but I know you recently (?) went to Bali. How and why was that?
Maggie Shipstead: So, I was in Bali from mid-November to mid-December of 2011. It was a time when I otherwise didn't really know what to do with myself. A friend of mine had just been to Bali and posted the most amazing pictures, and I was like, "Me too!" I found a little guesthouse online in a town called Ubud that I rented from an American woman who's lived there for 15 years — it was really pretty and nice. I [...]
Edith Zimmerman: Jonny, you just quit your job. I'm going to send you a bunch of questions and you will hopefully respond to them, and I apologize in advance if the questions don't link up with the responses immediately preceding them, but maybe you can use your amazing editorial skill to link them up?
Jonny Diamond: If you'd taken your time, Edith, to do a little research, you'd note that central to my resignation was the desire to do more writing, and less editing. So no, I won't be helping you edit this email Q and A into a flowing, coherent conversation.
Perfect. So, you ran The L Magazine [...]
Nick Myers recently went to Mongolia.
Edith Zimmerman: Okay — Nick, how did you end up in Mongolia?
Nick Myers: I ended up in Mongolia after having spent a couple trips bumming around Korea with my then-boyfriend, and the prospect of hanging around in Seoul for three weeks for the third time in a calendar year was a bit depressing. So I did some research about places I could fly for the middle week or so of my trip without too much hassle (meaning direct flights or bust). I had originally narrowed down my options to Hanoi, Vietnam, Chengdu, China, or Almaty, Kazakhstan, crowdsourced on facebook for recommendations, and ultimately [...]
Maybe you’ve never heard of Barbara Stanwyck. She certainly isn’t the first star that comes to mind when you think of classic Hollywood. Ask for a screwballer and I’ll say Katharine Hepburn; ask for a drama queen and I’ll give you Bette Davis. Other stars had more active love lives, more stunning faces, more Oscars, more drama. But then ask me for my favorite films, and Stanwyck’s all over the place, lilting into scenes, making me fall off my chair laughing and/or crying, riding “all the way down the line” in, let’s just be honest here, the best film noir that isn’t Sunset Boulevard. She averaged five films a [...]
(Except this one, for the most part.)
1. I was born in 1832, and I never met anyone with a food allergy. Why do all these kids have food allergies now? Weak characters.
2. My great-great-grandfather was deathly allergic to peanuts and carried an EpiPen he fashioned himself out of a whalebone.
3. Only white people have allergies. No one in Africa has allergies.
4. Me and my children are all black and none of us can eat trace amounts of gluten without pooping blood for a week.
5. All kidding aside, though, there are totally way more allergies now.
6. It's the Purell. Kids need to play in [...]