I’m a freelance journalist who writes about travel, culture, food, and entertainment. Currently, I cover wellness and style for Forbes. Previously, I was a travel writer for Buzzfeed’s BringMe! vertical. My work has also been seen in TRAVEL+LEISURE, AFAR, NYLON, SELF, Refinery29, Lonely Planet, and Whetstone Magazine, among others.
I also take photos—lifestyle and documentary. I’m a graduate of the International Center of Photography’s Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism program. In another life, I worked in philanthropy, for non-profits like The MasterCard Foundation and UNDP, after studying International Development at McGill University.
Best, is a place for me to be critical, a home for stories that I don’t want to be subjected to the filters of online media.
What To Expect From Best,
A culture essay.
My latest published work.
Reading, watching, and listening recommendations (when I start travelling again, this will expand to include destinations and hotels).
Why the name “Best,”?
Along with “literally” and “actually”, “best” has arguably become one of our most overused and meaningless words. We know this and yet we continue to let best ranking lists sway our choices (myself included) — see: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, The New York Times Best Sellers, etc.
The problem with “Best” is that it’s exclusionary. “The capitalist framework bequeathed to us by Adam Smith has left us with a warped sense of what is important,” chef Pamela Brunton says in regards to the power imbalances in the restaurant industry. Rarely has a product, business, or piece of cultural content earned it’s coveted spot on a “best” list solely based on merit, there are invisible forces of influence and power at play.
My hope is that “best” inspires an interrogation of what you consume. Bring the same skepticism towards the idea that I know what’s “best” for you, to your next purchase off a “best” list or to the next statistic you scroll past on Instagram. I know no better than anyone else. But your time is precious, and if an article or experience resonated with me, chances are it will probably resonate with you too.
“Best,” as an email sign-off is also painfully empty, which feels fitting given it’s the shallow nature of our media consumption that has motivated me to start this newsletter. Every time I receive an email signed off with “Best,” I assume the sender is too strapped for time and overworked to extend a split-second of genuineness — is this not our current online culture embodied in a single word?
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