Listen, it's the same story you already know so well. Overbearing ego paired with crippling self doubt. When I tell people I'm a writer, they assume fame and fortune aren't important values of mine, but they're wrong. I'm in it for the glory. That, and the ethereal catharsis provided by uninhibited self expression. 

I've never felt a feeling that didn't knock me off my feet. Last week, I cried on the G train listening to "Bennie and the Jets" because I didn't get to experience the 70s. Weeks before, I sat down on Rivington en route to an art show in the dead of winter, gathering my hair in my hands as I struggled to cope with the chaos of reality. 

Authenticity from every individual poses the only hope for saving what I see as an ailing society. I have overcome a great deal of emotional hardship to achieve the clarity I strive to present you with. When I'm not tearing at the seams, I write about street art. I write personal essays. I like modeling and making art when the mood is right. Check out the pages on my sidebar to find my work. 

My Favorite Pieces

Vittoria Benzine on Lara Nasser’s Second Solo Show with Meredith Rosen Gallery

Friday, October 9th marked the opening of Lara Nasser’s second solo show with Meredith Rosen Gallery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The exhibition, titled Faith Faith Faith Faith Bang Bang “continues to humor and confuse the viewer with cryptic tales from a queer Lebanese woman in America that confront a universal in-betweenness at the heart of contemporary culture,” as stated by a press release from the gallery. Nasser’s provocative works, rendered in rich oils and saturated hues, seduce view

Smile Like You Mean It

I shot to the surface of post-grad life just below the Verrazano Bridge, my lungs choked with the bay’s refuse. College had been all riptides and sea squalls that dismantled my former identity centered around childhood’s structure. I’d once considered myself responsible, but that sense waned when circumstances shifted significantly for the first time in my life. College found me living a slapdash existence, propped up by the certainty pre-paid room and board offered. No one told me I should be s

Trotter & Sholer’s LES Debut – Anak Dara: A Solo Show by Azzah Sultan

The new normal looks nothing like I thought it would. A disparity which makes me realize how impossible it is to predict anything. Suddenly I’m acutely aware of my own mortality, a sensation akin to the first time I realized adults were people too. The new normal looks nothing like I thought it would, but it exists without a doubt, and it has an excitement of its own, as society cobbles together a path through the COVID-19 pandemic. New leadership has started to take shape, driven by forces for

By Any Means —

Three drags from an Uber driver’s cigarette bolstered my facade of calm. I swallowed the acidic taste in the back of my throat and stepped through the entrance for my first glimpse into Richard’s apartment. It was bigger than anything I’d ever seen in New York, with a spacious terrace featuring panoramic views of Central Park and the frosty Upper East Side. Black and white tiles gave the floor a sense of antiquity. I noticed a thin layer of dust covering everything and thought, Couldn’t he affor
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