How to Recover From Alcoholism

I interviewed TV anchor Pat O’Brien, who told me how to recover from alcoholism, for The One-Page Magazine in this week’s New York Times Magazine:

You just have to stay at it. Fall in love with recovery. Listen to other voices outside of your own. Have total desperation. At some point, you’ll get down on your knees and say, “God, help me.” And God will. The universe delivers.

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How to Be Independent

I interviewed film producer Ted Hope, who told me how to be independent, for The One-Page Magazine in this week’s New York Times Magazine:

I don’t know if there’s independence for the sake of independence. The most important step is trying to define what you love. When we address independence in the era of abundance, it requires a higher degree of educated choice. You need to know: What is it that you love, how do you want to spend your time, whom do you want to be with?

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How to Monetize Your Cat

I interviewed Tabatha Bundesen, the owner of Grumpy Cat, on how to monetize your cat for The One-Page Magazine in this week’s New York Times Magazine

Just kinda go with it. It’s not going to be: “Hey, buy this cat, and it’ll get famous.” It’s going to be: “Oh, my gosh, I own this cat, and it got famous!” I don’t see anybody successfully making their pet famous because they want to. But I guess there are some of those. My best advice is: Love animals. Adopt more of them.

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How to Know When to Unfriend Someone

I interviewed Kim Stolz, who told me how to unfriend someone, for The One-Page Magazine in this week’s New York Times Magazine:

We all spend so much time focusing on the outflow of our digital lives, but we should also focus on the inflow. I keep a tally in the Notes app on my iPhone: If I find that seven, eight or nine times out of 10 I see a status from someone that makes me feel jealous or insecure or uncomfortable or sad or frustrated or angry, I’ll unfriend them.

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Surface magazine’s August issue, on newsstands now, includes pieces I wrote on Bangkok-based retail maven Barom Bhicharnchitr, who founded and runs the new shop Siwilai, and entrepreneur Nima Abbasi, who recently launched the e-commerce site Crest & Co. Also for the issue, I interviewed architect and designer Rafael de Cárdenas, Dior Homme creative director Kris Van Assche, and 3x1 founder Scott Morrison.

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