Things I’m Verbing: Bad news, shitty robots and not the Bay Area startup you expected

Sometimes I’m torn about which kinds of stories to share here. Surely the Most Important Stories are the ones that also shred us to pieces from the inside, right? The Most Substantial News is the kind that drives us to drink, surely, and there’s no shortage of it, from the hideous wrongs Black Lives Matter callsContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Bad news, shitty robots and not the Bay Area startup you expected”

Things I’m Verbing: Opportunism, exposure and at least some cause for optimism

I can’t entirely fathom what I woke up to today. Two black men murdered by police on two subsequent days, plus this hideous thing that’s happened in Dallas  — I admit, I am beaten down by this, and I’m simply not able to react right now. Give me some time. Not right now. However, I do have itContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Opportunism, exposure and at least some cause for optimism”

Things I’m Verbing: Lake Wobegon farewell, sheriff’s badges of the alt-right and fact-checking A.O. Scott

Editors want reporters to have areas of expertise, and sometimes it’s a bit embarrassing, but let’s be real: One of my indisputable areas of expertise is Captain America. I’m not a New York Times film critic like A.O. Scott, but over the weekend, I became embarrassed for him. In a survey of politically empty summer blockbusters, he of courseContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Lake Wobegon farewell, sheriff’s badges of the alt-right and fact-checking A.O. Scott”

Things I’m Verbing: Chuck Tingle is real, Wendy Davis is happy and Constance Wu isn’t selling out

Okay, so, it’s been — what? Brexit, SCOTUS, Regrexit, No Bill No Break, world economies panicking and tanking, governments in disarray, racists charging out into the open, V for Vendetta yet again becoming a users’ manual, the next issue of Nazi Captain America comes out tomorrow… Thank God the fragmented, racist, nationalistic Europe of the 30s,Continue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Chuck Tingle is real, Wendy Davis is happy and Constance Wu isn’t selling out”

Things I’m Verbing: Samantha, Donald and Anton

Someday I’m going to come here with a bunch of really happy true news stories. But yesterday, while I was out with a bunch of friends at a park in Manhattan on a sunny day, I made the mistake of checking Twitter and found out that Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin, a hilarious and outrageously talentedContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Samantha, Donald and Anton”

Things I’m Verbing: Restorative justice, body blows and one globe-trotting chicken

The news waits for no one. I was so overwhelmed and buzzing with possibilities from an amazing four days at THREAD, the storytelling conference/workshop at Yale (that’s me up top experiencing VR for the first time!), that I was trying to find exactly the right in to discuss it here. Then one asshole committed anContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Restorative justice, body blows and one globe-trotting chicken”

Things I’m Verbing: Free publicity, soulful virality and transcending “content”

Even if the story is infuriating, I’m delighted to share my first piece for Tablet, a publication whose stories I always learn something from. What happens when a comic book company needs to sell a lot of comics and upstage its chief rival, but there’s just not much money in comics anymore? Turns out there’s always revealingContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Free publicity, soulful virality and transcending “content””

Things I’m Verbing: Catastrophes in journalism, how to adapt comic books and democracy in its purest form

It’s distressingly close to convention season, and even though Donald Trump clinched the delegates for the Republican nomination this week, I can’t imagine something won’t be worth covering in Cleveland this July. Fuse and Voto Latino are close to the end of a contest to send a young reporter to each party’s convention, and my friendContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Catastrophes in journalism, how to adapt comic books and democracy in its purest form”

Things I’m Verbing: Owning memory, wrecking public parks and vindicating the Nick Fury approach

Who’s strong and brave, here to save the American way? Captain America, who’s a Nazi now, apparently! I’m excited to see how Marvel spins this one — it takes a special kind of willful dismissal to insist that “people who seem good can really be bad!” is a meaningful storyline when the character himself wasContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Owning memory, wrecking public parks and vindicating the Nick Fury approach”

Things I’m Verbing: Architecture for the feet, the brain and the way we keep secrets

I have to get this out of the way: This. Lede. https://t.co/5X99I0k4ga pic.twitter.com/fuWG3wgUBf — Scott Bixby (@scottbix) May 17, 2016 Dang. These stories are still out there! Now, some stories you may have missed but shouldn’t: Real estate is more than Donald Trump and the mob. Whet Moser writing for Chicago magazine digs into the dataContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Architecture for the feet, the brain and the way we keep secrets”