Author Archive

The Travails of Online Dating Come Alive

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

 OkCupid veterans flock to Housing Works Bookstore Cafe to swap horror stories Studies everywhere are examining the same panic-inducing question—will online dating, with its guaranteed ability to let you endlessly shop around and tailor your perfect mate, ruin relationships forever? Last week’s OkCupid Show (Stories of Love, Sex and the Internet) at the Housing Works [&hellip
[ read more... ]

6 Comments

How to Have an Offbeat Valentine’s Day

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Shun the conventional dates this Feb. 14 Whether you’ve been with your significant other for a while or you’re spending Valentine’s Day with someone you just met on the train—or even if you’re single but ready to mingle—you don’t want to go on the same old boring dates year after year. If you’re into committing [&hellip
[ read more... ]

1 Comment

The Protagonist on “Twitterature”: Will Twitter Feeds Shape the Future of Storytelling?

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive, Uncategorized

With less premeditation, impulse control and editing than a novel or essay, and more raw emotion, doesn’t a Twitter feed get pretty darn close to the accurate written aggregation of one’s lived experience? I have a favorite Twitter, and while I discovered it only recently, I’ve read it just about as far back as it [&hellip
[ read more... ]

18 Comments

Trauma Continues: For Downtown Hospitals, Hurricane Sandy Never Ended

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Disaster may be fading from other New Yorkers’ minds, but hospitals like Beth Israel have been forced to permanently re-examine their operations. Before the antiseptic smell even has a chance to reach your nose, the first thing you notice about Beth Israel’s ER is the sheer number of people occupying it. Bodies fill every chair [&hellip
[ read more... ]

2 Comments

The Protagonist: What Happens When You Write Something You Regret?

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

This week alone has been laced with the immense public fallout and regret of bad career moves. Lance Armstrong finally came clean to the nation about his snowballing history of doping, while it also came to light that not only did Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o’s girlfriend not die of leukemia, she never existed in [&hellip
[ read more... ]

1 Comment

The Protagonist: DJ Fancy Mike’s Post-Graduate, Intercontinental, Pop Culture Fever Dream

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

“How big of a f*** would I have to be to reference my own novella?” –DJ Fancy Mike After months of dedicated badgering, The Protagonist finally tracked down the elusive Mike Kleine, also known as DJ Fancy Mike, to discuss his 2012 novella Mastodon Farm. We began our conversation over Facebook chat, which is possibly [&hellip
[ read more... ]

53 Comments

The Protagonist: Most Reasonable Resolution? Learn to Bounce Back from Failure

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive, Uncategorized

Mark Baumer’s resolution was 50 shades of absurd…or was it? Mark Baumer, of Providence, RI, is a literary inspiration of sorts. Baumer wrote 50 books this past year, which is an impressive feat if only for his steadfast dedication to the task. It didn’t start out so straightforward though. Indeed, it started out with a [&hellip
[ read more... ]

12 Comments

How to Eat Smart Into the New Year and Beyond

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Local Pedro Yanowitz checks out the Fuji apples at the Union Square Farmers’ Market. Photo by Aaron Adler A few local foodies sing the praises of farmers’ markets Maybe you want to eat right in 2013 but, like most New Yorkers, you’re always in a hurry, and making good nutrition a priority doesn’t come as easily as it should. Fortunately, there are ways to turn that perception around. Farmers’ markets, like those open [&hellip
[ read more... ]

2 Comments

Don’t Be a Fitness Failure in 2013

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

NYCSSC Dodgeball How ordinary people can fulfill exercise goals this year It’s the same old story—New Year’s rolls around and New Yorkers everywhere march proudly to the gym, armed with shiny new sports gear and a can-do attitude. “This year’s going to be different,” they think. By mid-January, spirits are waning. By February, most have fallen off [&hellip
[ read more... ]

Be the first to comment on this post

The Protagonist: Surprises of the Literary World

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Literature never fails to surprise its readers, which is why The Protagonist has compiled this list of succulent “did’ja knows” of the world of word. Hopefully at least a couple of these hilarious, erotic and/or gruesome tidbits come as newfound knowledge to our readers: –Arnold Schwarzenegger has a memoir titled Total Recall –There is legitimately [&hellip
[ read more... ]

9 Comments

..