zwischenraum

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.

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May 8, 2018

Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Quesadillas with Smoky Chipotle Sauce

  My quest to replicate favorite restaurant dishes has been, well, let’s just say not always successful. There’s usually some indescribable something missing, a close-but-no-cigar rendering of what my tastebuds crave. But once in a long while, my wing-it kitchen experiments manage to outdo the original. Such is the case with this recipe for Vegan…

April 24, 2018

Book Review: “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi

    “I would have to live in a different way, seeing death as an imposing itinerant visitor but knowing that even if I’m dying, until I actually die, I am still living,” writes Paul Kalanithi in the 2015 Pulitzer-shortlisted When Breath Becomes Air. As short and memorable as his own life, Kalanithi’s memoir is…

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April 10, 2018

Women in Business Q&A: Author Alice Finn of PowerHouse Assets

        When Alice Finn watched the 2016 financial thriller Equity, she was struck by a scene at a professional women’s mentoring meeting. Main character Naomi is asked, “What’s that thing that really makes you want to get up in the morning?” She replies, “I like money.” While Naomi goes on to explain…

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April 4, 2018

The Writer’s Guide to Home Office Setup

    The positive aspects of working from a home office are many: You can start and finish the day whenever you want. You can take a walk, break, or nap at any time, and don’t have to check in with anyone. Don’t feel like getting out of your sweatpants? Don’t bother. There are fewer…

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March 27, 2018

Women in Business Q&A: Dara Lurie of Transformative Writing

      Workshop leader, manuscript coach, and author Dara Lurie has an uncanny sense for the topical, even when she’s exploring themes that are deeply personal to her, like interracial identity, body image, and addiction. A graduate of Vassar College and Hunter College, she has worked as a legal assistant, a bartender, an actor,…

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March 15, 2018

Why I’m Not an Influencer

  I just came back from a conference in California where a significant number of the speakers and attendees were influencers or aspiring influencers—people with many thousands, sometimes many hundreds of thousands—of followers on social media, and who often make a living through paid “collaborations.” Although I was speaking at the conference (for a second…

March 6, 2018

Book Review: “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley” by Hannah Tinti

      Samuel and Loo Hawley, the father-daughter protagonists of Hannah Tinti’s Edgar-nominated drama-suspense novel The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley continue the modern tradition of the antihero—intensely flawed characters who make wrong decisions, and plenty of them, and who can often be deeply unlikeable, but whom we root for anyway. In Samuel’s case,…

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February 6, 2018

Women in Business Q&A: Sarah Pike of FreeFall Laser

Sometimes you just have to close your eyes and take the leap. That’s what artist Sarah Pike discovered a few years ago. After dedicating a large portion of her career to academia, the convergence of an economic downturn, university politics, and a serendipitous conversation with a colleague sparked an idea. She left behind the safety…

January 23, 2018

Lost in Translation? Not with Cultural Adaptation

Bad English Is Bad for Business. Here’s How to Fix It. While it’s true that a great idea transcends languages, a great idea marketed poorly is likely to get the cold shoulder from customers. If your business is based in the U.S. and English is your native language, you have an advantage . . ….

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January 9, 2018

Women in Business Q&A: Cara Petricca of Bluebird Farm Animal Sanctuary

It takes a strong stomach—and an even stronger sense of perseverance—to run an animal sanctuary. Though the glossy brochures for well-known sanctuaries like Best Friends in Kenab, Utah, have helped popularize the concept and made these centers look like grass-and-woodland paradises (and have even helped make Best Friends a vacation destination), the day-to-day work that…