Things I’m Verbing: Expendable courtiers, boring dictatorships and the end of life

There’s still goodness in the world: Michele dressed up as Ruth Bader Ginsburg for super heroes day at her school. And she got a personal note from Justice Ginsburg days later. pic.twitter.com/ctXejn0Ljc — Yashar Ali ūüźė (@yashar) January 7, 2017 a friend's mom recently learned how to use emojis and has been using the poopContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Expendable courtiers, boring dictatorships and the end of life”

Things I’m Verbing: Celebrity skin, the right-wing PC and magical thinking

A few years ago, when it seemed like my mother’s second surgery and chemo regimen had given her a clean bill of health, I bought myself a ukulele. I had never played a string instrument before, being strictly a piano/oboe/bassoon girl growing up (yeah, I know), but my reasoning was that a ukulele can makeContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Celebrity skin, the right-wing PC and magical thinking”

Things I’m Verbing: Insurance conspiracies, gatekeeping whiteness and how linguistics could save the republic

I love getting to kick off with an announcement of new work, and I’ve been especially excited about this piece for a while. Earlier this year, while I was trying to find a psychiatrist who actually took my insurance, one doctor sighed and said that I didn’t hear it from her, but insurance companies definitelyContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Insurance conspiracies, gatekeeping whiteness and how linguistics could save the republic”

Things I’m Verbing: We’re all inside this blast radius

Work is sad, thinking is sad, creating is sad.. but I'm not giving up. — Neko Case (@NekoCase) November 15, 2016 I’m having trouble pitching. Nothing feels important unless it’s about the election, and I’m already drowning in post-election activism and thinkpieces and horror stories and grief and obituaries of journalists we really needed. (RestContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: We’re all inside this blast radius”

Things I’m Verbing: Flagging runners, religious wars and animals that might save the day

I’ve run half-marathons before. I know the saying¬†about elections (or whatever) is “it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon,” but I also know that right now, three and a half weeks before Election Day, I’m exhausted. My feet hurt in muscles I didn’t even know I had, my laces were too tight all along, IContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Flagging runners, religious wars and animals that might save the day”

Things I’m Verbing: Good talkers, bad TV and sweet, sweet Christmas

I’m late to¬†Scandal, and I admit, I’m mostly interested thanks to Josh Malina’s excellent banter and analysis on¬†The West Wing Weekly. I don’t know why I let this happen to me. The show is infuriatingly bad, and yet as long as I can ignore the thoroughly useless White House plots (and the scripts’¬†hilarious grasp onContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Good talkers, bad TV and sweet, sweet Christmas”

Things I’m Verbing: Still Verbing: The Verbening

Hello, friends! Are we still talking about Trump? Are we still talking about the Olympics? Or Twitter’s terrible double standard on abuse and “copyright infringement”? Good grief, let’s do some other stuff. You want to listen to something really magical?¬†On the Media¬†got in touch with¬†The Daily Caller editor Scott Greer and asked him to justifyContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Still Verbing: The Verbening”

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 ¬†‚ÄĒ 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: Angry women, the ur-boomer and Terminator birds from the future

The¬†Christian Science Monitor won last week for my favorite news coverage. Amid all kinds of “pop goes the weasel” references as¬†other outlets wrote up¬†the shutdown of the Large Hadron Collider by a meddlesome mustelid,¬†CSM told us that not only had this sort of thing happened before, but that CERN was certain it’s never been becauseContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Angry women, the ur-boomer and Terminator birds from the future”