Longtime readers of kosoff.medium.com may remember earlier this year when I attempted to simplify my life in just one small but meaningful way: I decided I would finally do what I said I would do for years but never did, which is cancel all my recurring payments that I didn’t…

The first time my mom tried to enroll five-year-old me in things that could ostensibly be considered “hobbies” or “extracurricular activities,” I resisted. There was taekwondo at the rec center (I went to, I believe, one class and declined to go back again because there was “too much shouting,” which…

The first weekend of November is several weeks after the calendar-dictated beginning of fall. By then, neglected, carved Halloween pumpkins are either freezing or rotting or freezing and rotting on stoops around the city, people have done their agricultural cosplay picking apples somewhere in upstate New York or on Long…

A couple years ago someone in book publishing suggested I write a book about quitting. I am not an expert in the field of quitting, but I had just very publicly quit my job, so it could be a little about that, but also about quitting more generally. People opting…

My memories of spring 2020 are bleak. I started a new job isolated from my coworkers at home, and in my spare time I was on Zoom with my friends, having a couple glasses of wine before logging off, a little tipsy but mostly just sort of numb and miserable.

The leaves are turning. There’s a chill in the air (specifically before 11 am when it becomes 70 degrees and then summer again for several hours). The fall varietals of Starbucks coffee drinks have returned to the drink menu. That’s right: It’s fall. And along with the ushering in of…

I came back from vacation this week, and when colleagues asked how I spent my time off — the first full week I’ve had the luxury of taking off from work in, wow, three years, somehow? — I excitedly told them. I flew to Las Vegas, and then drove to…

At my post-grad internship, I made $13 or $14 an hour. I can’t remember which, but in either case, it was not a lot of money, just enough to pay my rent ($450/mo in an old Bushwick apartment off of the Wilson L that has long since been demolished) and…

A few weeks ago I did something I have not done for 15 months: Leave New York state. This is certainly not, like, a brag about how much I punished and restricted myself to adhere to evolving and unofficially COVID-19 guidance since March 2020 — I’ve spent a lot of…

Maya Kosoff

i’m a freelance writer and editor. you can also read me in places like the new york times and vanity fair.

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