By Ilana Strauss

Ilana Strauss is a writer, director, cartoonist, and illustrator. She was an English major at Yale, and her articles have appeared in Reader’s Digest, The Washington Post, The Jerusalem Post, and Good Magazine. She prefers hot chocolate, but will happily accept any warm beverage.

  1. “Undead. There’s a word I really hate,” I sighed. “It’s phony. I could puke every time I hear it. And furthermore, what’s with all these vampires?” “I like them,” said Phoebe. “Vampires are alright, I guess — but they don’t appeal to me,” I said. “I mean they’re alright if they go around flying off with lonely girls all the time, and like that, but you don’t do that kind of stuff if you’re a…