About Herself

Hello! Welcome to my blog
I started this blog in December of 2016 to accustom myself to writing with an audience in mind. I now use this blog as a tool to motivate me to reflect on ideas I encounter, independent studies, and to document chance encounters here in NYC.

The name “To Herself” is inspired by Marcus Aurelius’ mediations (Medieval Greek: Ta eis heauton, literally “[that which is] to himself”). Marcus Aurelius, one of the most respected Roman emperors, spent many years of his rulership at war. He was far from Rome, his wife, and his son Commodus when he wrote his meditations. When he found some quiet time he wrote down his stoic reflections in his tent on the battlefield.

I find myself in a similar place as Aurelius. I have a job, a fellowship, an internship, and I’m a full time student. I have ambitions and dreams. But I always find my greatest ideas come to me in solitude. I find my truest self when I can sit during the quiet times of my busy life and reflect on what I know.

After all being busy is not a virtue. But neither is discovery without sharing it with the world. This is now my intention for this blog.




The Double – Fyodor Dostoevsky*
Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
Diaries – Franz Kafka*
Twilight of the Idols – Friedrich Nietzsche*
The Arabian Nights*
The Trial – Franz Kafka
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Brothers of Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev
Utopia – Sir Thomas Moore
The Dictator’s Handbook – Bruce Mesquita
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
God and Man at Yale – William Buckley Jr.
Black Ops Marketing
Time for a Turning Point
What Liberal Media? -Eric Alterman

Israel – Daniel Gordis

*currently reading