Michael Stahl

Michael Stahl is a freelance writer, editor and journalist based in Queens, New York whose work has been published in several print and digital publications. He is a features editor at Narratively.

Stories By Michael Stahl

The Last Time New York Was Hardcore

In the ’90s, one high-octane underground music scene desperately held on to its rebellious roots of power chords, slam dancing and stage diving. What happened to hardcore?

That Time I Hit a Parked Car—and Just Walked Away

Recently divorced, extremely broke and terrified of yet another bill, I was shocked to learn of my own capacity to shirk responsibility.

‘Drinker with a Writing Problem’

How swiping right made me question my sanity.

The Day My Therapist Dared Me to Have Sex With Her

My analyst and I grew more intimately connected each week of treatment...but I never saw this indecent proposal coming.

Toxic Gumbo

How to Succeed in a Most Puzzling Business

When an artist, an architect and a rocket scientist team up to create the next great puzzle craze, they learn that conquering the toy market is far from child’s play.

The 9/11 of Absence Excuses

Class clown goes a little too far.

Twilight of the Guardian Angels

Born in the crucible of seedy 1970s New York, does Curtis Silwa’s red-bereted band of citizen crime busters have a place in post-Giuliani, post-Bloomberg NYC?

Love the Huddle

On Stickball Boulevard in The Bronx, old timers revive New York’s classic street game, and bring a few youngsters along for the ride.