The @actualpants Instagram is taking a life of its own. While each contributor receives very limited guidelines and suggestions, they are ultimately free to take the project wherever they wish. Karly Hussey, who took over the account two weeks ago, made it her own in the most visually-stunning way. Her photography matches her writing – her style and voice are equally conversational and insightful, and sometimes, in her words, eerie. Here is a look at her week in New York City:
Karly is writer from Atlanta, Georgia. She has had a publication in Underground; she was also a part of the Vida Voce series, providing a reading of a couple of short stories. Karly also co-hosts a writer’s workshop in Atlanta called Stay Drunk on Writing. Karly’s main interests outside of writing are coffee, abandoned spaces, and things that are visually eerie.
I’m Karly Hussey and I’m a #writer from #Atlanta. I write predominately #shortstories. I also co-host a writer’s workshop here in Atlanta called Stay Drunk On Writing.
I’m currently working on a #series of short stories about a group of people sitting around a dinner table and sharing their favorite New York moment. Recently I went up there for some inspiration. I’ll be sharing images from that trip.
Out of all the times I’ve been to New York, I had never been seen the #aliceinwonderland #statue in #centralpark. This #book is what initially #created an interest in #literature for me. Which made me think to #write a #story of someone having their favorite #memory of New York City set in their #childhood.
A couple of years ago when I was visiting the #city, I had, what started out as a #disastrous day, and it turned into something rather #wonderful. That day #inspired the first #story. On this day, I was walking past the #brooklynbotanical and I heard #ladymarmalade playing from the #conservatory.
So, naturally at some point, I had to go back to the #brooklynbotanical, and actually go inside. I got to see the #cherryblossoms. They are beyond #lovely. This place is its own #wonderland.
The New York #museums are #wonderful, and definitely worth checking out. I knocked a few out during this trip. The #americanmuseumofnaturalhistory is #amazing. The #haydenplanetarium is beyond interesting, it made me think of #carlsagan lectures. While I spent so much time people watching, and thinking about #stories to #write. This was a nice time of #disconnect, which allowed me to think anew later that evening.
The room with all the #ocean #animals, in addition to the #taxidermy animals were probably my #favorite to see. All the displays were so interestingly set up, and the #whale makes you feel so small. I decided I would have to tie this in to the #childhood #memory #story.
As I mentioned yesterday, the #museums of New York are #spectacular. The #metropolitan is something of #wonder. I spent almost five hours here, #watching and #observing, both the #art and the people. Granted, for part of this I was lost, and refusing to look at a map. But it was the best kind of lost, and decidedly one of the #stories should be about some kind of #discovery.
I don’t know what it is about #carnivals but I’ve had a great #love for them since I was a child. There’s something #magical and #creepy about them all at once. Maybe it’s the #carnies, the #lights, and the fact that everything seems so #bright and #dingy all at once. I went to the #boardwalk at the Jersey shore every #summer growing up. So, as should be expected, within the opening weeks of #coneyisland I had to go since I was up there. I went with a great friend, and we rode every ride. And I rode my first #rollarcoaster. But this day was filled with such #laughter it’ll be a story of its own in the series.
Firstly, it’s been a #pleasure taking over this week. I’m going to leave you with this #image. Through all the #laughter and chatter surrounding him, this #man caught my attention with his #solitude. And I felt #connected to him, in a way, as he watched people. These stories, and the point of #writing them, for me, is to make people feel a connected moment. Because to me, that’s what writing, and #art are about; connecting all #people.
Natalia Castells-Esquivel is a writer from Mexico based in Atlanta. Her poetry and nonfiction have been published in places like Santo y Seña, Loose Change, and Thought Catalog. She is currently a copywriter, Editor of Community Engagement for RealPants, and cofounder of StoryDrop, a city-wide literature collaboration. Also, she makes really good scrambled eggs. Really.
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