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Karen Baum Gordon’s “Last Letter”

I tell this story often. By the fall of 2013, it had become apparent to me that regime change was imminent at MTV News. One morning, I told Abbi that I’d done three things to foment my exit:  I hired a resume coach to sharpen my cv, and An executive coach to hold me accountable…
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Dear Elizabeth

I spent a lot of time on my fire escape back then; Hell’s Kitchen just made better sense from just a few flights up. My first apartment, there on 56th and Tenth Avenue, was across the street from a New York City public high school. We looked right in on the classrooms. In those early…
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Everything Is Unsettled

These days, I feel like I’m brand new to weather. For years, I have watched the sun, clouds, rain and snow track across glass, concrete and stone. I perceived weather in large blocks: cold today, rainy tomorrow, and stormy for my commute. I was, as my friend Justin likes to say, “institutionalized,” hermetically sealed from…
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Three Little Birds

It is possibly one of the top ten most sacred texts in the last 50 years of contemporary music. Its author is an icon, a revolutionary, a martyr and a legend. I honestly can’t believe I released a cover version of this song in 2012 in the first place, let alone the remastered, repackaged and…
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Shaking The Nonsense Out

“Hey, this is Reggie,” a man with a Brooklyn accent said on my voicemail. “I’m callin’ from The New York Times. I wanna get your voice into the narrative that I’m writing for your, yunno, announcement.” Inconsistent as it might sound, I’ve been an avid and enthusiastic reader of The New York Times Weddings &…
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Restoration

New York City is defined by its neighborhoods: Hell’s Kitchen, Upper West, Upper East. Each has its place, it’s people, its institutions and landmarks. When Maggie was a toddler, we used to walk around the Upper East Side singing “Who Are The People In Your Neighborhood,” while introducing ourselves to everyone from the dry cleaner,…
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