Stickers open new market


Growing up, just about everything I did revolved around stickers. If I did well on a homework assignment at school, I’d get a sticker. If I played through a piano piece with no mistakes, I’d get a sticker. If my parents thought I was behaving well, they’d take me to the sticker store … and […]

Female vocalists stand out


With the release of Katy Perry’s Prism and Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz, all eyes are on the leading ladies of the music industry — women who have incited both criticism and praise for their recent decisions. The artists featured in this week’s list are refreshing additions to the recent flood of ladies making waves in the […]

Scandal takes the spotlight


This Friday marks the U.S. release of the French film Blue is the Warmest Color. Filled with compelling insights and angles, this film is by no means your average movie import. The film just won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival this summer and has gotten rave reviews and received a […]

Facebook threatens privacy


It’s hard to peer into the future, but I think it’s safe to say that no other startup will ever top Facebook as the ultimate forces-you-to-become-a-stalker social network. OK, some context here. Last week, I posted a photo with a list of Halloween costumes on my friend’s wall. The photo was of a particularly creative […]

Sports can be socially beneficial


Bars are an easy solution to a long week at work or school. Are bars the only option, though, for 20-somethings in a thriving urban center such as Los Angeles? Absolutely not. If you’re looking to unwind and meet people, give recreational sports leagues a try — the positives will outweigh any apprehension you might […]

Tech-free life has its benefits


Technology can feel burdensome after a while, since smartphones and social media make it so that you’re unofficially on call 24/7 for your friends, family, peers and professors. Even Randi Zuckerberg, whose brother, Mark Zuckerberg is the founder of one of the largest social network enterprises in the world, agrees that we’re all getting a […]

Songs should be listened to legally


We’re going to take a little break from the traditional weekly playlists to explore an important topic: music purchases. Back in my middle school days, when I filled my iTunes library with numerous Fall Out Boy singles, the concept of paying for online music simply did not exist. Why in the world would I do […]

Remade thrillers lose luster


The remake of Carrie comes out this weekend, marking the latest in a long line of recent remakes of horror classics. In recent decades, we’ve seen remakes of such classics as Friday the 13th, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Thing and plenty of others. The reasoning is simple: These movies are horror classics, […]

Moonshine hearkens to rule-breaking Prohibition era


We all enjoy doing things we’re not supposed to do: staying up late on a school night, driving over the speed limit, mixing business and pleasure, even drinking while underage. I’m not making any confessions or pointing any fingers, but let’s be honest: It has happened. There was a time, however, when nobody, no matter […]

On my frustration with Neon Tommy


I like Neon Tommy. I really do. I’ve admired its coverage (often jealously) for its originality, depth and thoroughness. During the mayoral election, the digital publication, housed in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, produced several interesting and important stories. And when I wrote for Neon Tommy, I always received thoughtful, critical and valuable feedback […]