For the last few months, I’ve been curating a guest column for Thrillist as a little side project. It’s called What I Miss Most, and it features a new entry every couple weeks. Each essay starts with the same prompt: of all the things you had to give up when you moved to NYC, what’s the one component of your “old” life that you miss the most? From there, the stories go their own separate ways — we’ve had tales of porno mags in Texas alleyways, luxurious wide-aisled suburban supermarkets, and fried grouper sandwiches on the Gulf. 

At the risk of sounding like a simpering douche-canoe, I feel very privileged to be able to work with some of my favorite writers from around the Internet Dot Com: Erin Ryan from Jezebel, Dan Ozzi from Noisey, Miles Klee from The Daily Dot, plus a few others whose bylines will appear in the coming weeks. It’s also been really rewarding to work with some of Thrillist’s finest, including grandmaster Dave Blend, former Miami editor/current pegging consultant Liz Newman, and resident deep-thinking Floridian, Alex Robinson.

If you’re not pressed for time, check out one or several of these stories. I think they’re very good — not because I edited them (I did!), but because they offer sincerity, variety, and emotional relatability you won’t find too often in this vast #content wasteland. Plus, like, they’re pretty snackable, too.

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