About the Author and the Blog
My name is Simon Eskow. I grew up in the Bronx, NY in the United States. (Click here for a brief explanation of why it’s referred to as “the Bronx” and not “Bronx”). I lived most of my life in New York City, lately in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. I studied art at Cooper Union and years later got an MFA in creative writing at the New School.
I moved to Auckland in November 2009 with my wife, Jacquie, who was born and raised in New Zealand. She supported me while I finished a novel I started in grad school, sort of in exchange for moving from NY to NZ. With the draft complete it was time to start looking for a job. In December, 2010, I took an editor role at Reseller News, a computer business magazine owned by Fairfax.
This blog is a semi-fictional account of a native New Yorker’s uneasy adjustment to life in New Zealand. The blog is doing better than I am. It has had more than 35,000 page views as of early 2013.
You can read my explanation to the uninitiated about Rugby during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and how New Zealand television commercials are just as impressive as the ones you see during the Superbowl.
There are tons of pictures from my road-trip/mid-life crisis, fun graphics to help you out during a natural disaster and even a couple of cartoons (here and here).
Many people have visited Basement Life to read my entry on Martha’s Backyard, a somewhat popular shopping destination for American expats. I intend to re-visit Martha’s some time soon, but I have no idea when.
Others have come from around the world to read my explanation of why a blink of the eye in geologic time is equal to about nine months in human time.