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: 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: 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!)”

Things I’m Verbing: Weird riots, dead media and fake Nazi merch

It’s a good Tuesday when you can share some freelance that came to fruition, so here’s my very first piece for Mental Floss: “7 of History’s Most Unusual Riots.” This was both deeply strange and deeply fun to research — I had no idea people cared so much about, well, their right to grab eels inContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Weird riots, dead media and fake Nazi merch”