Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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An evening with Gary Gulman

Television | A taping with a stand-up comedian becomes a celebration of surviving despair
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/24/19, 01:47 pm

A New York moment: 

In June I went to a comedy special taping in Brooklyn of one of my favorite stand-up comedians, Gary Gulman. As an aside, comedy and late night show tapings are some of the great free activities New York has to offer. 

That HBO special, The Great Depresh, just went live on the cable platform. It mixes his stand-up with a chronicle of his debilitating struggle with anxiety and depression—illnesses that have interrupted his career and probably explain why many Americans don’t know who he is. 

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Digital life after death

Technology | Few people are prepared emotionally or practically for handling social media and other digital accounts after a loved one dies
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/23/19, 11:25 am

The crime remained unsolved, but the victim’s Facebook profile remained active.

Someone murdered Jean Tuggy, 61, who lived alone, back in 2016 in her home just outside of State College, Pa. In addition to the tornado of grief and shock over her death, her family had to absorb the social media response to her death. Her daughter Bekah Tuggy Fisher recalled that the news rippled onto her mother’s Facebook profile page, where people were posting outraged and heartbroken notes. 

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From Latvia to America

Art | A Christian refugee agency earns a mention in a Met Breuer museum exhibit featuring acclaimed artist Vija Celmins
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/16/19, 05:26 pm

A New York moment: 

The Met Breuer (the contemporary arm of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art) has a wonderful show now from artist Vija Celmins, who draws intricate pencil renderings of waves, paints the sky, and makes replicas of rocks. She also has drawn airplanes exploding, and painted a man running from a burning car, allusions to her war-torn childhood. 

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