Rachel Aydt

Writer and Editor/ Part-time Assistant Professor at the New School University

I write for publications across many different niches, from arts and culture, to parenting, and literary essay to fiction. I teach writing at The New School University/ Parsons in New York City. Sarah Lawrence College MFA '17, Creative Nonfiction.

United States


Personal Essays


The Witter Bynner House: Writers in Residence

(above) These days, the Witter Bynner House is the Inn of the Turquoise Bear. I n 1983, When I was 11 years old, I lived in a mysterious adobe mansion on the corner of East...

The White Review

The Pilgrims - The White Review

ST. JOAN The great actress Renée Jeanne Falconetti stands trial for heresy, a woeful story told with her eyes and their shadows, deep ponds of grey long-written about. Carl...

Broad Street

"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...

New York Observer

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...

Huffington Post

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...

New York Post

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....

Huffington Post

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...

Tuesday Night

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...

Huffington Post

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...

New York Metro Parents

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...

Huffington Post

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...

Huffington Post

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...

ONE Life for Sotheby's

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...