Emily Carmichael is a freelance reporter based in New York City. She has covered food, health, culture, and politics, primarily in New Orleans. She is currently completing a MFA in Literary Reportage at New York University and is writing a book on how consumerism distorts love. To see more of her work, visit her website, www.emilycarmichaelwrites.com. Follow her on Twitter @ecarmichael19.