Rachel Aydt

Freelance Writer and Editor/ Assistant Professor at the New School University

I write for publications across many different niches, mainly arts and culture, parenting, and lifestyle. I also teach writing at The New School University in New York City. Contributing editor at Publishing Perspectives. MFA Candidate at Sarah Lawrence College (Creative Nonfiction).

Portfolio

"Hands Chopping Air": on teaching ESL in Manhattan's Chinatown. An essay by Rachel Aydt.
In winter, the ubiquitous American elm trees are bare and the anemic playgrounds of these projects are empty; the concrete of the buildings appears heavy against the gray...

Personal Essays

Writers in Residence - New Mexico Magazine
New Mexico Magazine. maps,stories and recipes about Native America, Food, Music and Art.
Everything My Kid Needed to Know About Chess He Learned in Washington Square
My 9-year-old son Jamie is obsessed with chess. I taught him a few basic moves at 5, and then he went on to chess club, summer camp and now, tournaments. All that formal...
The Gift of Time
GET UPDATES FROM Rachel Aydt I'd been away to Texas for a few days visiting my very sick (and beloved) Grandmother, most likely saying goodbye in person for the last time. It...
Goodbye to All That
I was home with my feverish 5-year-old when a colleague called to say she had terrible news. I imagined a plane hitting a mountain, or a grim subway accident killing our boss....
Goodbye, Nora
Last night, my kid and I rented The Grey, a film I wasn't sure about showing to him. He's 9-years-old and it's rated R... but he was very enthusiastic about watching guys get...
A Mutt (and an Aunt) Named Edna
I brought home Edna, a Chihuahua/terrier mutt, when I was 12 years old. She'd been living with a punk rock boy named Clay who hung out where I did on the Santa Fe Plaza. We were...
Welcome to My World
I've just finished reading the new eBook anthology Welcome to My World , a collection of 13 essays written by mothers about work/life balance. I contributed a piece called...
Taking My Son to His First Gay Wedding
A New York City mom decides to take her son to his first gay wedding and uses it as a teaching moment for herself and family. My son Jamie has grown up for much of his young...
Meet Our Faculty: Professor Rachel Aydt
I first met Rachel Aydt when I took her Fashion Publishing course last fall. It was where I found my love for magazine writing! But don't think that you have to be a journalism...
The Moment I Realized My Son Was Becoming an Adult
The Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side of Manhattan is a collision of old and new. Admittedly, the new is more attractive than the old. A bakery gleams across the aisle...

On the Arts...

I Loved 'Blood, Bones and Butter'
I'm on a non-fiction tear this summer in preparation for a new course I'm teaching this fall at Eugene Lang, and feel blessed that my first real foray into this summer reading...
Let there be Chandeliers
Once confined to large, lavish spaces, chandeliers were traditionally all about opulence, symbols of success hanging overhead in visions of crystal, gold and silver. Today's...
Global Adviser: Frank Gehry
All good artists find inspiration where they can - even if that means tapping failure. In 1985, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry was commissioned to design a home...
Desert Calling
One Woman's Journey into the Southwest.
Gorgeous Body, Smart Mind
Turns out you can have your fancy digital and the retro look of your old Leica, too: meet Samsung's Digimax L85, whose sturdy black shell conjures up the romance of 35 mm of...
Jack Kerouac: On the Road Again
In the spring of 1951 in New York City, Jack Kerouac sat down to type his magnum opus, On the Road, onto 10 rolls of architectural tracing paper taped together to create the...
Abroad Canvas
Paris has always harbored a special allure for American expatriate writers, artists and composers. But throughout the late 19th century, a particularly high concentration of...
Global Adviser: Protest Art in Thailand
Artists in unstable and troubled countries always find a way to speak. In Thailand - currently in political turmoil - messages of protest and dissent have begun appearing in...
The Human Parade
No New Yorker was safe from Weegee's lens - not the grieving widow, the flirting husband, destitute children or drunks on the Bowery as they were bundled into a police wagon....
Global Adviser: Rococo
William Hogarth, the 18th century English painter and printmaker, called the S-curve the "line of beauty." From this graceful line arose the entire rococo aesthetic, which first...
Global Adviser: Robert Capa
"If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough," Robert Capa once said. The Hungarian-born Endre Friedman (who rechristened himself the less ethnic-sounding...
Global Adviser: Vintage in Every NYC Borough
TIME.com explores the most exotic, beautiful and interesting getaways There are 8 million New Yorkers, which means around 8 million closets that get regularly purged. After they...
Five Reasons to Visit Santa Fe
Nestled in New Mexico's sangre de Cristo mountain range is Santa Fe (Spanish for Holy Faith), a small city of 70,000 that has been in existence since Spanish settlers took root...
Drug Lit Takes Another Hit
What is it that so endears us to such a painful genre? The voyeuristic impulse to watch the horrifying train wreck of addiction and despair, cruelty and sickness is a big...
Amsterdam in the '60s and '70s
Amsterdam was a hotbed of conceptual art in the 1960s and '70s. In its damp studios and fetid caf├ęs, artists from dozens of countries came together in the belief that the ideas...
Rediscovered: Poiret
Life in Paris during the Belle Epoque saw the buttoned-up 19th century step aside for a more carefree Modernism. Forward-thinking and well-connected fashion designer Paul Poiret...

On Parenting...


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