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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6 Fascinating Facts About Bourbon from ‘Bourbon Empire’

As is my wont, I only took an interest in Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America's Whiskey, Reid Mitenbuler’s engrossing book on the history of America's quintessential liquor, after returning from a trip to Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail earlier this summer—it’s a repeat of my approach to guidebooks in general, which I always buy ...

How I Survive Long Flights (After 2 Decades of Taking Them)

The stories are legion, even in the realm of my first-hand experience: The entire economy cabin of my flight once watched the mother of a newborn melt down completely when she found that she didn’t have the front seat with the little detachable crib after all. On another occasion I watched a woman get her carryon bag tested for size at the ...

On the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Twenty years ago, the Bourbon Trail didn’t exist. Before 1999, when the Kentucky Distillers’ Association created the concept, tourism to the state's bourbon distilleries wasn’t much of a thing, and it took a few years to catch on. To wit: In 2003 my mother and I headed to the Buffalo Trace distillery, maker of its eponymous bourbon as well ...

Lexington, KY –> LaGuardia on Delta Flight 5252

In Flight Reviews, Flung writers provide key information about flights they take in order to leave the flying public better informed in an age of frustration, obfuscation and increasingly unfriendly skies. Here, we review the Interjet route from Mexico City to Huatulco, on the coast of Oaxaca and the most convenient gateway to that oceanside ...

A Culinary Tour of Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill

There was a time in Brooklyn, a little more than a decade ago, when it wasn’t yet clear that Williamsburg would become Williamsburg, when Carroll Gardens too was making a play to be the hub for what would become hipster culture. In 2001, I lived in Williamsburg and my best friend lived in Carroll Gardens. I frequented both, almost exclusively, ...

Who Passed Through Universities: A Trip Back To My Alma Mater

In June, for the first time since shortly after my graduation in the spring of 1999, I returned to the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, where I went to college. It’s a three-hour drive from my parents’ house in Kentucky, and every time I visit them there from New York, which is less often now that they spend winters in Florida, I ...

The New York City of ‘A Little Life’: A Perpetual and Uneventful Present Day

For a book whose very title indicates the prominence of a single character, it took me by surprise to find that 100 or so pages into Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, I still couldn’t remember which main character was which. There are four of them, all men, all with the same formal, bygone manner of speech: Malcom, JB, Jude, and Willem. They ...

The Fascinating Ruins of 5 Long-Lost Beach Resorts

It's a spine-tingling thing to see things that were once coveted fall into decay. That sentiment guided my interest in researching the glamorous beach resorts of times past, places that were once in history the apex of life for those fortunate enough to visit them, but ended up abandoned, seaside ghost towns left to crumble, left unloved. I ...

Drinking Pulque in Mexico City: The Ancient Aztecs’ Beverage of Choice

A couple millennia ago in the ancient Aztec culture based in what is present-day Mexico, there was no beer or wine. Instead, for religious rituals and leisure time alike, the Aztecs produced a beverage called pulque, made by fermenting the nectar of the native agave plant. Amazingly, the drink survived the Spanish conquest in the 16th century and ...

Notes on a Sunday Night in the Hamptons

The two lane road, even heading in on a Sunday, can’t help but get backed up with traffic that slows to a crawl. In a way I don’t understand, this is part of the allure of the east end of Long Island for the people who love it, the source of an essential bond. I was on this road, driving to Montauk with my boyfriend; outsiders whose understa...

Colonia Verde in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

I'd been in this back garden several times before, back when the space belonged to a restaurant called Kif and before that, another called Liquors, named for the liquor store that once lived here. It had always been pleasant, a superior back garden, even. But it took the current tenant, the restaurant Colonia Verde, to transform the space into ...

Mexico City –> Huatulco on Interjet Flight 2651

In Flight Reviews, Flung writers provide key information about flights they take in order to leave the flying public better informed in an age of frustration, obfuscation and increasingly unfriendly skies. Here, we review the Interjet route from Mexico City to Huatulco, on the coast of Oaxaca and the most convenient gateway to that oceanside ...

Nights and Weekends in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Before you order your first drink, the cash-only policy very well may lead you to the ATM sticking out of an old London phone booth just outside of this rebelliously shaped bar, sitting in the middle of an equally rebellious three-way intersection. It's the first of many quirks. Another is that inside a New York City building, there are never ...

Home of the Brave in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

This pleasantly de-saturated home shop on Greenpoint’s Franklin Avenue has a lot going for it: beautiful inventory, an easy layout that encourages browsing, and a location in a stretch of Greenpoint that’s a treat to explore, with its happy mix of industrial activity and a palatable strain of hipster. It's an offshoot of clothing and accesso...

Which Ride-Hailing App Should You Use In New York City?

Editor's Note: We updated this article on October 21, 2016 and again on April 23, 2017. The ride-hailing app world is a fast moving one, and on both occasions we had some changes to report. Navigating New York City has become a different beast in recent years—with the advent of Citibikes and Uber, all of a sudden options for getting from ...

For Keepsake: The Things I’ve Brought Home

Quite some time ago, having just turned 21, I traveled with my dad to Tanzania, where he’d once lived. It was the first trip of my life that could reasonably qualify as exotic, even with my father leading the way. After a layover, we flew on an enormous, nearly empty plane from Amsterdam to Dar es Salaam and endured the most convulsive turbule...

A Slice of Old Paris at the Hotel Langlois

There’s something weird going on with Paris hotels, I gradually concluded as I conducted the research for a place to stay for four September nights. At a certain price point of $300-ish per night, the aesthetic leaves classic Paris behind for something that would be more at home at South Beach circa turn of the millennium—flat shiny surfaces ...

Following Hemingway to the Met’s Cézanne Gallery

Perhaps no other American author has had his writing style more widely examined, more often imitated, and more intensively deconstructed than Ernest Hemingway. No one seems able to get their head around the intricacy he brings about via such simplicity. Hemingway used only the most necessary words, then pared them down even further. He employed ...

The World’s Best Works of Contemporary Public Art

Public art can be tricky business. In the wrong hands, it becomes just another part of the corporate milieu, or succumbs to heavy-handed propaganda. But done right, it adds something memorable to the city- or landscape in which it resides. It informs, inspires, entertains, sends an unexplained chill down the spine. Here are nine of our ...

10 Great Works of Literature about Florida

The best books about Florida tend toward what are arguably that state's sleaziest features--its seedy backwaters (literal and other), its wayward characters, its activities of dubious legality. In other words, you won't find a reflection of your retired grandparents' condo anywhere in this literature (unless your grandparents are seriously ...