• Just This

    The Era of Audrey

    In October of 2003, I was a senior in college and already thinking about what life might be like once I headed out on my own after graduation. I had grown up with a family cat, and I was thinking it might be nice to have another with me for whatever adventures awaited. So when a friend mentioned their outdoor cat came home pregnant and one of the kittens remained unclaimed, I jumped at the chance to bring her home. She was tiny enough to fit in my two hands, and as my roommate and I drove the few blocks home, Joselyn asked me what I wanted to name her.…

  • Cinephilia

    Review: Eric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons

    I regret to say I have not spent the last year getting into the best shape of my life or launching a new side-hustle or doing any other monumental work some have managed to make happen in the midst of a pandemic. That’s not to say I haven’t picked up a new hobby or two. I’ve certainly cooked at home more than ever, and I’ve upgraded many kitchen gadgets and tools to make that work both easier and more enjoyable. And I also started a program I’ve wanted to prioritize for quite some time: I’ve begun taking French lessons in earnest. Through the Chicago branch of Alliance Français, a cultural…