All Posts By

Sam Chardin

  • Culture city

    Certain cities ooze an ephemeral quality of “culture” and it can be tricky to explain exactly why. But then other times it’s clear how artistic expression is woven into the fabric of…

  • A room of one’s own

    It was a stressful day and I needed respite. As is my wont, I chose a dark movie theater even though it was a beautiful sunny summer afternoon. I wish I could…

  • American bully

    I was listening to a political discussion and there was a hypothetical question posed of why so many bullies and aggressive men seem to be endemic to New York politics and the…

  • Body positive

    So I’m leaving dance class and an older woman of a certain plush size says to me: “I wanted to quit when I started but I saw how amazing you look dancing…

  • Sound design pet peeves

    An interesting side effect of this switch to streaming services on our phones and tablets is that I watch TV with headphones on a lot more than I used to. Perhaps for…

  • The look of love

    I was on public transit when a man only a bit younger than myself sat across from me. He looked very much like a boyfriend I had in high school. Same body…

  • On alternative medicine and its appeal

    Guys, I get it. I really do. Science and medicine are not comforting. Interacting with medicine is often emotionally cold and physically unpleasant. I was thinking about the appeal of all those…

  • Harlequin

    It’s funny how often the world of opera crops up around me. I’d bought my youngest a large Kinder Egg Surprise that promised to have a female super hero inside. She was…

  • On indigenous people

    Since I’m a newcomer to places like New Zealand, Australia, and Canada, I don’t harbor much of the shame of the colonialist past that many people who were raised in those countries…