Things I’m Verbing: Yiddish for toughs, productivity for the overworked and the blues for all of us

I write these posts trying to think both of my friends who are constantly swapping the best links on Slack all day and my friends who prefer to skim the news. For everyone, I think because of its omnipresence around (journalism) social media, you can’t forget to read “The Obama Doctrine,” Jeffrey Goldberg’s remarkable longContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Yiddish for toughs, productivity for the overworked and the blues for all of us”

Things I’m Verbing: Aural mapping, @horse_ebooks and Casimir Pulaski, who isn’t in ‘Hamilton’

Chicago was great! Chicago was so great. I expect to have a lot more to say on that topic, but all in good time. However, one big reason why I chose to go — in addition to the fact that I lived there for 12 years and missed it and my people — was theContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Aural mapping, @horse_ebooks and Casimir Pulaski, who isn’t in ‘Hamilton’”

Things I’m Verbing: So many hedgehogs, not enough Agent Carter and, of course, Midwest Is Best

Good morning, friends! I am back in Chicago for the first time since I moved to New York, and I have been doing a really excellent job of revisiting all my favorite haunts, including pulling a double-header with the superlative Improvised Shakespeare Company last night. (That’s a Top 5 Thing I Miss About Chicago item, byContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: So many hedgehogs, not enough Agent Carter and, of course, Midwest Is Best”

Things I’m Verbing: Fake falcons, beetle dresses and freely assembled ghosts

No Oscars thinkpieces, I promise. (Although for Super Tuesday, yes, you need to watch John Oliver’s “Make Donald Drumpf Again” segment, it is worth your 20 minutes.) However, I do have some pretty nifty entertainment stories on call. This Vanity Fair piece probably shouldn’t be as long as it is, but the search for the realContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Fake falcons, beetle dresses and freely assembled ghosts”

Things I’m Verbing: Slack channels, bear-punching and sweet home Chicago

Even if you’re not from or familiar with Chicago, I really want to make sure everyone reads Dan Sinker’s look back at the legacy of @MayorEmanuel. This was a fictional but real-time Twitter account of a much better version of Rahm Emanuel in his quest for the mayorship in 2010–2011. It was foul-mouthed, aggressive, surrealContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Slack channels, bear-punching and sweet home Chicago”

Things I’m Verbing: Send-offs, bad opera and the actual end of the world

Should I be surprised that journalists are suddenly rewriting Jeb Bush as a hapless, cuddly, decent man we all never gave a chance? I mean, Slate, the Washington Post, the New York Times, I understand that he may have seemed like one of the least bad options in an increasingly dreadful field. But at least (she said dubiously)Continue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Send-offs, bad opera and the actual end of the world”

Things I’m Verbing: Due diligence, master classes and why we bottleneck

I’m delighted to start today’s link post with one of my own: my CityLab debut, “Why Do Passengers Insist on Crowding Around Subway Doors?“ This was legitimately a classic “This thing really gets my goat, I wonder if I can write about it?” And I learned a lot about the psychology of manspreading, sidewalk rage, gameContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Due diligence, master classes and why we bottleneck”

Things I’m Verbing: Custom bodies, stupid robots and little pictures

I can’t stop thinking about comics these days. I just finished up an online comics-making course with an illustrator I’ve loved from afar for years, and it’s been so energizing, not least because as a beginner, I just can’t expect perfection, which means I get to be free of perfectionism. (My fellow writers of anyContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Custom bodies, stupid robots and little pictures”

Things I’m Verbing: Gravity, governors and oh wow, the GOP

This would have been such a different list if I had gotten it out on Friday like I intended. But then I would have missed the chance to write about the straight-up nuclear bombshell that was the death of a major and polarizing Supreme Court justice immediately before a GOP presidential debate. Instead of streamingContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Gravity, governors and oh wow, the GOP”

Things I’m Verbing: Meta-theater, mate-finding and Marvel (obviously!)

I know there was some sportsball on either side of the Beyoncé concert this weekend, but only one thing happened on Sunday that deeply, deeply mattered to me. However, I am probably going to spill an awful lot of ink about Captain America: Civil War over the next several months, so let’s talk about women, women,Continue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Meta-theater, mate-finding and Marvel (obviously!)”