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Surface magazine’s September issue, on newsstands now, includes a piece I wrote on costume designer Arianne Phillips. Also for the issue, I interviewed Nadja Swarovski and Gucci creative director Frida Giannini.

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How to Honor the Past

I interviewed musician Meshell Ndegeocello, who told me how to honor the past, for The One-Page Magazine in this week’s New York Times Magazine:

“Honoring” just means making it known. It’s about celebrating and remembrance. I try to do that musically just by highlighting a person’s work, like Nina Simone’s or Fats Waller’s. I take their idea and filter it through my understanding of it musically. I just try to create new life from it.

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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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