How To Recover from A “Holly Golightly Complex”

Original painting circa 2010.
Original painting, “Holly Golightly B&W,” circa 2010.

This is your first September as a non-student. It’s as weird as Harry Potter not returning to Hogwarts in The Deathly Hallows. The circumstances are different, but the reality is that you are now facing “the real world”. You have been guided through the necessary steps to be admitted into a higher institution and plan a course for your future. But you were not prepared for the emotions that come with these changes or how to deal with them.

You applied to several schools in Manhattan because you felt that it was your destiny to return to your place of birth. Throughout your life, you watched films set in New York City; read poetry by Frank O’Hara; idolized Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly more than her other roles; and dreamed of that apartment somewhere in Astoria (because Queens) or Harlem (because the Harlem Renaissance). You got accepted into four colleges in Manhattan, and all you had to do was choose one. Continue reading How To Recover from A “Holly Golightly Complex”

A Nefarious Introduction

This project has been on my mind for quite some time, and now seems like a good time for me to formally introduce it to the cyberspace.

Nefarious in the City is an ongoing personal narrative of my city/college/commuter experience. The story began in the fall of 2011, when I was a freshman with great ambitions of becoming an established writer and artist. At some point during my first two years of college, reality nudged me with its pointed elbow and said, “Listen kid, this ain’t gonna be easy, see? There are a lot of things you gotta learn, to feel, to know before you can have a story.” And it has been an incredible and terrifying experience. And my story is about to be told.

The format of this blog will be a collection of personal insights and thoughts, interesting anecdotes and observations, and advice that I’d like to pass on to the dreamers and “nomads at heart”. I will also include photos and (if I can overcome camera shyness) video blogs to enhance the storytelling. Posts will be made once a week.

I hope you find comfort in this space…