hello + welcome to the fixate.

I’m Izzy, and I write about arts & culture, most frequently within one of three columns:

  • Old/New/Offline is a collection of recommendations: 3 old, 3 new, & 3 offline things I’m digging these days—most often music, writing, movies, & ways to spend life outside.

  • Songs from College is a series of essays blending music criticism with personal history. (SfC: the zine, a collaborative print version of this project, is coming soon!)

  • Why Did You Do This? is a voicey & antagonistic investigation into obnoxious TV and advertising, aka a home for my haterdom.

Occasionally I’ll write a review or a rant that doesn’t fit these rubrics. Hop in!

A note on reuploads: In April 2023, Substack deleted the fixate 1.0 :( But happily, everything from the previous iteration is now back online!

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arts & culture


writer & critic in NY