by Mackenzie Patel Hello friends! A few months ago, I traveled to downtown Boston for Deloitte training—I had an incredible time and am in a heavy, one-sided love affair with everything Boston. It was a European America with its brick sidewalks, gilded architecture, and broad avenue of trees and mom-and-pop shops. I was inside a gray… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel Hello all! The turbulent words of Russian authors–from the axe in Alyona Ivanovna’s head to the lofty sky of a dying Prince Andrei–have intrigued me for years. The cherry adolescence of Lolita, her ripped stockings and innocent mouth, hold a perverse fascination even the vileness of pedophilia couldn’t tarnish. Their emotions and stark… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Hello all! To counteract the societally-imposed awkwardness of being single, here are a few other females—oil, watercolor, and Photoshop—that feel exactly as I do. A Woman in the Sun, Edward Hopper, 1961 Sauntering through a bare, unfriendly room with only coldness clothing my naked body and a cigarette smoldering in my grasp… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Hello all! Months slip by like coins out of lotioned fingers now. I wanted so desperately for this summer to evaporate, the way still water is dead in an instant during scorching summer months. School, that fortress of limited responsibility and 10 p.m. exams, was separated by four months of nine o’… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Hello all! A few Fridays ago, I braved the rails of MARTA for the High Museum, Atlanta’s premier institution of European, Modern, and Decorative art. The Museum was originally the house of Mrs. Joseph M. High until 1955 when it was rebuilt into a larger structure. The current building, designed by Richard… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Dear Musical Phases, I’ve head bobbed and thrashed, lip sung and terribly crooned. I’ve sketchily downloaded and pretentiously paid. But throughout this maze of guitar cries and electric synth, a few addictive “musical phases” have emerged. The ocean of obsession has drowned me on several occasions, the landmasses of sanity and normal… Read More

by Mackenzie Patel Hello all! Judging by title, I’m sure many people are shaking their heads in ire and pounding their little fists on the counter. However, fear not, I’m just a sprig of opinionated parsley in the kitchen of a French restaurant. I just finished reading On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by… Read More


by Mackenzie Patel **Spoilers ahead** Hello all! The Game of Thrones season 6 finale aired, and as the world knows, a steamboat of deaths sailed to the bloody shore. I recently binge watched all six seasons so I could catch up for the anticipated finale, one rumored to give clues as to Jon Snow’s murky… Read More