A blog about the in-between—the small (and not-so-small) moments in business and marketing, culture, politics, food, travel, and more. Zwischenraum takes its name from a German word that translates to “the space between things,” an artsy-sounding concept that to me speaks volumes about everyday life.

September 25, 2018

Business Tip: Think Twice Before Signing That Freelancer Noncompete

  As a freelancer, you’ll have your own contracts for work you do for smaller clients. Larger clients, on the other hand, will have extensive and detailed contracts of their own for you to sign. These can be so lengthy that it’s tempting to give them just a passing glance, like you probably did when…

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September 11, 2018

TV Review: The Staircase on Netflix

  True crime documentaries are a mixed bag. Some, like Making a Murderer, are journalistically compelling but often dry. A handful, like The Jinx, manage to mix quality reporting with non-cheesy reenactments, plus the twists and turns, not to mention great photography, of the best cinematic storytelling. Many others, however, follow the lurid-and-exploitative footsteps of…

August 28, 2018

10 Tips for How to Start a Writing Business

    Because I have a website and blog that I update frequently, and I teach regularly at workshops and conferences, I’m pretty visible as copywriters and content strategists go—something of an anomaly for a profession that attracts folks who usually prefer to stick behind the computer screen, hooked up to an IV drip of…

August 21, 2018

A Trip Back to Thayer Street in Providence

  I left Rhode Island more than 20 years ago with little sense of looking back. It was a nice enough place to grow up; I have many memories of learning to ride horses or playing outdoors with my cousins and sister as a kid, going to plays and concerts at edgy alternative venues as…

August 14, 2018

Women in Business Q&A: Caitlin Blythe of Waypoint Goods

    Caitlin Blythe knew there was something better on the other side of the office door. An architect by training, she’d spent most of her young adult years in a traditional corporate environment, always knowing she’d rather be outside, traveling, cycling, and adventuring. For a study-abroad trip to chilly Scandinavia in 2015, where she’d…

July 31, 2018

A Hike on Overlook Mountain to the Overlook Mountain House & Summit

  I’m a creature of distinct habits, most of which make little sense to the rest of the population—like starting my day at 5:30 a.m.—but are strangely comforting to me (potato, potatoh). Among these is a summer schedule of regular walks, typically four to six miles, to begin the workday. Not only do these jaunts…

July 24, 2018

Dance Review: Nicola Gunn in “Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster”

  Jacob’s Pillow, with its storied history of bringing classical and contemporary dance to both art lovers and mainstream audiences, seems like an unusual venue for Aussie artist Nicola Gunn’s Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster. More performance art or theatrical experience than dance performance, Piece for Person is a dynamic, subversive, often hilarious look…

July 17, 2018

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

  New York Times bestseller and multiaward-winning YA novel The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is heading to movie theaters this fall. With unarmed black youth continuing to die at the hands of police officers, the conversation it sparks couldn’t be timelier, even if the book never quite makes the artistic statement it aspires…