Down The Line...

There is a lot more to all of us here at Main Street than what you get from reading our work on the pages that fill the Magazine. We want our audience to better understand just how important each and every person associated with this publication is. Everyone that has walked through the newsroom door on Tuesday night has a story, and we want to tell that story. Down the Line is our attempt to have a great conversation, get into the minds of each member of our cadre, and make all of this a little more personable.

Caleb Jagoda

Current Editor-in-Chief

easygoing, empathetic, writer


What's one piece of advice that has stuck with you throughout your life?

My dad is a civil engineer and he loves the outdoors and is very into hunting and hiking, but his career path hasn't really been centered on that. He worked as a civil-environmental engineer consultant for like 20- plus years in Massachusetts. He always wished that he had taken a career that would put him outside more, he even almost took a job as a game warden in Massachusetts to do that, but just ended up not doing it. But something he always told me was to do something that you love and will always enjoy because he was – miserable might be an overstatement – but he was not content with his career or what he was doing for the majority of the hours of his day for a long time. So that's always stuck with me. 

What’s your optimal working environment? 

I think it definitely depends on what I'm trying to accomplish. If it's something creative, I'd say a quiet area with a comfortable seat. I don't really like to sit at desks, I like a couch or something like that. I don't really like to do a lot of work in my room, I like to go to different settings. Usually with a window, so I can see outside or somewhere I can go for a walk if I need a break. 

You have a trademark way of dwelling in the emotional depths of your favorite artists and authors, interweaving personal narrative and often poetic reflection. How did you develop such a distinct style of writing?

I think I've always connected really well with art. Mostly music, but also books and things like that, where I just empathize really strongly with it, whether it's like, really relatable to me or not. And I think I, just throughout the day, I just think a lot about those things. And as I'm cycling through, as I'm listening to these things and thinking about them more, I just connect the dots between my life and those things. And writing about it is kind of my way of making sense of the world, connecting art to my life and my writing. When I connect those things it's kind of my way of doing it, where [as] those artists, that's their way of doing it. Writing about their art and my connection to it from my life and my interpretation of the world and my experiences are kind of my way of doing that.

What’s playing through the headphones these days?

A lot of billy woods, I'm still big on billy woods. He's got such a distinct way of storytelling; his music is like novels. He has an album that's all like two-minutes songs and they're each a different short story. I saw a tweet the other day that said billy woods tells stories by starting in the middle of them. And I've been listening to Mac DeMarco because bill woods' music is really heavy and can get dark so I need something to offset that, so Mac DeMarco. Also Milo, his new name is R.A.P Ferraria, but he's kind of like spoken word, more upbeat. And those have been the things that I've been listening to lately.

Stephen King is one name that comes up often in your work. Which piece of work resonates most with you? Why?

Either IT or The Body, which is Stand by Me, but the novella. IT was just really impactful when I first started getting into books and reading and writing. I read it the summer between my junior and senior year of high school and it's such a long book so it took me like the whole summer to read it. But just the way he's able to tell stories and take on different personas. Even though he's telling it from like a third person narrative point of view, he still shapes the writing to whatever character he's talking about, kind of molding their perspective into it. It's really cool to me, but that book was really impactful. And just The Body is a really cool coming of age story. I've always connected with coming of age stories. That's one of the best examples.

How do you wind down after a stressful day?

It definitely depends. But honestly, if I've had a long day I don't like to read or anything, I'll just like to either put on a movie or... I'm a big fan of Acton Bronson. I like watching Acton Bronson cooking videos because he's hilarious. It's nice to just zone out, not think about something so deeply, but just enjoy it. I feel like after a busy day if I'm just drained, socializing is a lot of effort. You know, just zoning out with a movie or something like that.

Favorite follow on Instagram?

Anderson Paak's Instagram is pretty fun.

If someone narrated your life voice-over style, who would you choose as the narrator?

Probably Action Bronson. He's got the New York voice. Everything he says is unique. 

What’s your ideal bagel setup?

There's a bagel place in Newmarket called Brown's Bagels and they make the bagels homemade there. They have an English muffin bagel, it doesn't really taste like an English muffin, but it's amazing. I like sausage, egg and cheese on it. It's probably the go-to.

You are to become the next Editor-in-Chief for Main Street next year. Walk me through the feelings surrounding that: 

I'm excited to focus on the magazine and to head it. Instead of dividing my energy between the newspaper and the magazine, it'll be nice to just put all my energy into it. But at the same time, it'll be sad to see you and Sam and Zach go. So I've been a little apprehensive about that. It'll be a different crew there for sure, but at the same time, it'll be cool to see people step up and see some new voices.