Recent Work — Stories published in various places during the past couple years.
- “Put Down the Remote: We’ve Overdosed on Sports” — A column for OZY about whether we’ve reached “peak sports.”
- “Your Next Getaway: Spain’s Secret Oasis That Even Locals Don’t Know About” — A travel story for OZY on the Monasterio de Piedra, a hidden gem in between Madrid and Barcelona.
- Branded Content for Michael Andrews Bespoke — A series of online posts for the menswear company’s web site.
- “6 Fascinating Things About UNC’s Title Run” — A Medium column dissecting the UNC Tar Heels’ 2017 NCAA National Championship in men’s basketball.
- “A Letter to Charles Barkley — For My Aunt” — A deeply personal story published in The Cauldron (affiliated with Sports Illustrated).
- “The trick to watching what you eat” — A story for Headspace’s Orange Dot blog about mindful eating, and how meditation can help with your diet.
- “The After Series: How I Learned to Live with Death” — An article for Headspace’s Orange Dot blog about my personal journey with death and loss.
- “Brave New World” — My reaction the morning after the 2016 presidential election.
- “Dear Possible Trump Voter” — A non-partisan appeal before the 2016 presidential election.
- “On the Sixth Anniversary of Your Death” — A letter to my brother.
Sam Rose Writes Originals — A “Greatest Hits” of stories published on SamRose101.com:
- “Always Amigos“* (Spanish version: “Amigos para siempre“) — At a ranch in the Spanish countryside, a bittersweet evening with incredible friends.
- “Any Given Domingo” — The “Bad News Bears” of intramural Madrid soccer finally win one.
- “Brave New World: The Facebook Generation” — A look at the Facebook Generation, the “Twidiocracy,” and the Googling of our brains.
- “Comings and Goings” — “Llegadas y salidas — así son nuestras vidas.” On the end of Year One in Madrid.
- “Coincidence? I think not.“* — On synchronicity, some crazy events that might make you question, and my friend Mo.
- “Day 14: The Story of Mike and Kim” — In Germany, two strangers showed me hospitality, Hamburg, and love without borders.
- “Death of a Sportswriter” — A tribute to Stan Isaacs, a pioneering sportswriter and a wonderful father, grandfather and mentor.
- “Don’t be a stranger now, y’hear?“* — Humorous anecdotes, personal profiles and a life lesson from my 12-day, coast-to-coast train trip during the summer of 2010.
- “El Gran Philly Cheesesteak Experiment” — Cooking Philly cheesesteaks and serving them as tapas at our favorite Spanish bar.
- “Friday in Retiro — a very short story“* — Description of a moment in my favorite park in the world — Retiro Park, Madrid.
- “Holocaust memorials and memoirs: A visit to Germany“* — In December 2010, I traveled to Germany for the first time and visited Holocaust-related sites. As a Jew — and as a human being — it was a moving experience.
- “Matt Harvey and Me” — A personal encounter with the Mets’ young ace, who I hope makes the Hall of Fame someday.
- “Taxi Tao” — Unexpected wisdom from a Philly cab driver.
- “The Caves of Nerja” — One of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring places I’ve ever visited.
- “The Cretan Restaurant” — Capturing a moment in Heraklion, Greece.
- “The Leaning Tower” — Photos and a quick observation at one of the world’s most beloved buildings.
- “The Top 10 Things Learned on my Euro Trip” — In the winter of 2010-2011, my friend Travis and I took a 15-day train trip through Europe. This list could be a lot longer.
- “Una carta a España — y a mis españoles” — A personal letter to Spain and my Spanish familia, at the time of my departure. (Still need to translate into English, my apologies.)
- “When learning a language, don’t be so pregnant” — One of the funniest language gaffes I’ve ever made, and the lessons learned from it.
- “Words to know, wherever your go” — If you’re visiting a foreign country, carrying a translated list of these expressions will make your life much easier.
The Human Comedy vignettes on ImageCurve.com — Super-short stories, snapshots of life. Sometimes funny, sometimes unnerving, sometimes poignant — always human. Full archives here. Highlights:
- “Video Games, Netflix, Pringles and Wine”*
- “Piano Man“*
- “Moses Went Down to George’s”
- “Robin Williams Night”*
- “Missing Mohammed”*
- “Small Change”*
I’ve also published some poems on Image Curve:
Jewish Daily Forward articles — For the Forward subsections “The Arty Semite” and “The Jew & The Carrot.”
- “‘Bodies’ of the Persecuted” — Q & A with documentary filmmaker Masha Savitz, whose film Red Reign exposes state-sponsored political imprisonment and organ harvesting in China.
- “Sacher Torte’s Sweet Jewish Roots” — About an awesome cake, and its history.
Work for Thrillist.com — One story, so far, but one close to my heart.
Articles for Elite Daily — Articles for the site known as “the voice of Generation-Y.” Archives here. Favorites:
- “Seattle Gambled And Ended Up With A Beating They Never Saw Coming“
- “What To Do When Your Girlfriend Has A Lot of Guy Friends”*
- “You’ve Got 99 Problems And None Of Them Are Real”
- “Timeline Of Tears: How Volunteering At Ground Zero On The 9/11 Anniversary Changed Me”*
Sports Articles and Columns from The Daily Tar Heel — Unfortunately, an abbreviated archive. I wrote DTH columns from my sophomore to senior years at UNC (2006-2009); the paper’s online archives no longer house all content from those days of yore. The columns, for posterity’s sake, were titled “Wednesday’s Special: Green Eggs and Sam” (sophomore year), “The Garden State of Mind” (junior year), and “Senior-writis” (senior year). They won a number of Society of Professional Journalists Awards, and writing them was one of the joys of my creative life.
- “Athletes can be at home in class, too“* — About misperceptions regarding student-athletes at UNC.
- “Bring on the commercial(s)“ — Forget the Super Bowl Half Time Show — what we need is the SUPERCOMMERCIAL!
- “Curses harmful to mental health“ — Examining baseball curses with Alyssa Francona, daughter of MLB skipper Terry Francona.
- “Gone in (less than) 9.7 seconds“ — On Usain Bolt’s mind-boggling performance at the Beijing Olympics.
- “How about ‘The Life of Rosenthal?’“* — Talking about Sports Illustrated‘s impact on my life and thanking Daily Tar Heel readers for surviving my columns.
- “Knights of Columbus, that hurt!“* — A certain not-so-bright Daily Tar Heel columnist faces a Varsity UNC fencer in a duel
- “M. Basketball: Treasuring ‘The Era of the Lost Contact’“ — “Farewell” Daily Tar Heel column, on appreciating UNC athletics.
- “Remember Keith for his life, not his death“* — (My only non-sports DTH column). In February 2006, my freshman-year Resident Advisor (RA) died in a freak accident. I wrote this tribute for the first anniversary of his passing. It will not be the last thing I write about Keith.
UNC Basketball and Football Coverage for WRALsportsfan.com — I wrote part-time for the CBS affiliate (and the leading online news site in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area) during my junior and senior years at UNC. (As with the DTH, an incomplete archive.)
- “Carolina years marked by wins, losses, hopes for a title“ — “Sam Rosenthal, a UNC senior, has covered the Tar Heels the past two seasons for WRAL.com. In this essay, he writes about the journey his senior class has taken at UNC and shared with the seniors on the Carolina basketball team.”
- “Elevated play of UNC’s Lawson helps Tar Heels mature“ — Story about the progress of then-Tar Heel, now-Denver Nugget Ty Lawson.
- “Except for outcome, actress Judd enjoys trip to Smith Center“ — Ashley Judd, star actress and devout Kentucky Wildcats fan, had to stand in the UNC student section. I interviewed her about the experience.
- “Holley goes from ‘Fourth and Long’ to Cowboys Stadium“* — Feature story about Jesse Holley, a Tar Heel wide receiver who reached the NFL thanks to his own hard work … and a reality TV show.