Sarah Stodola

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Sarah is the founder and editor of Flung, the author of Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, and a widely published travel and culture writer. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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Things I Honest-To-God Would Not Travel Without this Summer

There are some truisms in my packing routine. A small suitcase, always. Packed to the gills, probably. Keeping it light is a more realistic prospect if I'm headed someplace warm. Which brings us to today, an early today of summer. Beaches and pools and long walks and cold cocktails. Boats, boogie-boards, if we're lucky. Packing for summery ...

Kafka’s Vacation Time

Though he's one of very few authors in history to have his name turned into an adjective, Franz Kafka was a disaster of a writer, insofar as we would consider a writer who is not a disaster to do things like get a decent night’s sleep on occasion, write every day (or at least every week), and send completed writings out into the world for ...

The Finch: A Brooklyn Manhattan Upstate Mashup

On a fine recent spring evening, we were driven to roll the dice and walk the 15 minutes from our apartment to the Finch, a newish restaurant in Clinton Hill, by the simple fact of its having received a Michelin star, a rarity in this part of Brooklyn. According to firsthand info relayed to us at some gathering or other, it could be hard to get a ...

The People Who Live in Petra (or Not)

Not long after arriving to Petra, the ancient city in southern Jordan known alternately and aptly as the Lost City and the Rose City, my two companions and I climbed a series of staircases carved into cliffs, which deposited us finally onto a large terrace. At the far end of it, a large room had also been carved into the cliffs, along with an ...

10 Ways To Get the Most Out of Your Trip to Petra

You'd have to try pretty hard to have a bad experience at Petra, the stunning ancient city carved into the desert cliffs of southern Jordan. That said, the landscape there is extreme, and aside from the Treasury building, the way to the gems not always obvious. After my trip there last December, I assembled this list of 10 things you can do to get ...

Everything You Need for Perfect Bell Tent Decor

Last summer, my boyfriend and I plunged headfirst into the world of bell tent ownership. You can read about our first trip with our new tent here, where you'll also find a photo gallery of the tent and everything in it. I couldn't recommend the bell tent more for the way it elevates a camping trip. A big part of the joy of bell tent ...

Global Warming Plays Havoc with Maple Syrup Season

The Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York are blanketed with a forest that has been left largely untouched over the centuries. That forest is dense with sugar maple trees—the best kind from which to extract the sap that gets made into maple syrup--and long before Europeans settled on this continent, Native Americans established the process ...

LA Guide: Flung x Almanac of Style

After years of wrongly dismissing Los Angeles as a temple of narcissism with a tragic lack of public transportation, I’ve recently been romanced by the place in a big way. Newer highlights like the Broad Museum, the Arts District, and even a subway system have given the city some deeper, sharper edges, remaking it as a mecca not only of the ...

Winters Are Warming in the Adirondacks

During each of the past two winters, I headed up to White Pine Camp in the Adirondacks, near Saranac Lake, in late February or early March. Each time, the lack of snow on the ground was impossible to ignore. It got me looking into how climate change is affecting the area... (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});  

Highlights of the 2017 Whitney Biennial

There’s no point trying to mask the fact that I come at art as a neophyte. A proud neophyte, actually. Rarely do I actively consider how a certain work or artist fits into a larger art-world narrative, nor do I want to. I want to experience art on its own terms, and be interested or moved or charmed by that. (Text continues below...) I ...

The Shuttered Casinos of Atlantic City, in Photos

In the past three years, five of Atlantic City's 12 casinos have closed, a stunning descent for what was once the gambling mecca of the East Coast. The root of the problem can be found in Pennsylvania and New York, which now operate gambling spots of their own, meaning that many of Atlantic City's former clientele now have little reason to make ...

Has Greyhound Improved? A Test Run Between NYC and Atlantic City

Greyhound has been working hard over the past few years to convince potential riders that its bus service deserves a new look. The company is touting new and refurbished buses with wifi, power outlets, and more legroom than before. On a recent trip from New York City to Atlantic City—the “Lucky Streak” route—I had a chance to test out the ...

10 Great Works of Literature About Los Angeles

The city known for churning out fantastical versions of life via film tends toward a darker sensibility in its fiction. Of course, when it's been in a more sullen mood, the Hollywood machine has adapted a good number of these novels to the silver screen. Here are 10 great novels about Los Angeles... *Flung uses affiliate links in this ...

The Stickett Inn: Escape from New York (City)

I discovered the Stickett Inn, an urbane little gem tucked into an unassuming roadside plot, thanks to its location a mere two-hour drive from my apartment in Brooklyn. I’ve since stayed there twice, once in a wavy August heat wave, and once during an unexpected winter snowstorm. Both trips involved a grave and spontaneous need to escape New ...

Shocks of Beauty and Mildew, 50 Meters from the Ocean

I’m lying belly-down on the bed in my hotel room, a place on the beach with a beautiful view but no air conditioning on this, a 90-degree day. And I’m PMS-y as all get out. We arrived at Playa Hermosa on Nicaragua’s west coast this morning, and my feminine condition has left me with no motivation even to walk the 50 meters down to the ocean ...

Katie Kitamura’s ‘A Separation’: An Impending Divorce Undone

Until it isn’t, Katie Kitamura’s new novel, A Separation, is among the most perfect representations I’ve read in fiction of the ennui that engulfs any thinking person as she sinks, and then sinks further, into a luxury beachfront vacation. The view of the sea from the room’s balcony, the overly affectionate couple at the next table over, ...

The Rookery Hotel: Breaking the Mold by Embracing the Old

In this current era of travel, when the hippest hotels in every city around the world look identical to their counterparts in every other city around the world, I’ve become well-versed in their signifiers, defined collectively by what can only be called an extravagant minimalism. They deal in former manufacturing spaces, or the appearance of ...

6 Vegan Weekender Bags that Leave Leather in the Dust

For me, it's getting harder and harder to justify wearing leather--especially when vegan leather bags like the ones I've collected here are out there for the toting. My guess is that even your most ardent leather lover wouldn't be able to fault these weekender bags, which compromise exactly no aesthetic charm as they get you through a few days of ...

A History of Hennessy, from Ireland To France To America

At the tail end of a vacation in France a few years ago, my boyfriend and I had a couple days in our rental car to get back to Paris from Bordeaux, where we’d been enjoying the countryside and the ocean and the wine and the perfectly ripe avocados. We had no plan, just a general direction we needed to pursue, waiting along the way for something ...

Trump and Travel: The Shifting Reality of the American Vacation

For a while, it seemed like the Trump presidency would exist somewhere out beyond the scope of what, as the editor of this site, I focus on in my daily life, which is the subject and act of travel. But as these first three weeks since his inauguration have ticked by, posing as months or even years in their propensity to linger, they’ve made ...