Jess Swanson is a contributing writer at New Times. She graduated from the University of Miami and has a Master's Degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism.
11 days ago | Culture
For far too long, Miami’s mystical community, with its roots in Santería and voodoo, has been overshadowed by The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina or the crystal shops of the Northeast offering discounts on psychic readings in October. Unlike Disney...
6 months ago | Culture
When Jessica Weiss was laid off from her job earlier this year, the local journalist contemplated the kind of reporting she wanted to do next. Women were coming forward under #MeToo. Politics were dividing the nation. “I knew I wanted to do someth...
7 months ago | Culture
If you buy into the witch cliche s—pointy hats, flying broomsticks— Miami might seem an awfully sunny place to headquarter a coven compared to, say, the rainy and foggy Pacific Northwest. But to be a witch is to be misunderstood. They bear the rid...
8 months ago | Culture
For society to function, humans obey a set of laws (i.e., thou shalt not kill). But if you drive in Miami long enough, you’ll witness the disintegration of the moral fabric that's supposed to hold us all together. Whether it be the city's geograph...
11 months ago | Culture
Strange stares in the break room. Uncomfortable small talk by the printer. A boss who insists on hugging you. For far too long, women have grown accustomed to awkward and distracting interactions at work, especially in a city such as Miami, which ...
1 year ago | Lists
It’s hard to ignore sexy older women — "bad moms," if you will — especially now that the Mila Kunis-starring sequel is in theaters. Whereas younger women are naively preoccupied with perfecting their Instagram followers-to-following ratio, Miami M...