Things I’m Verbing: Clowns, witches and the trapdoor to Hell

You might say to yourself, “Esther, it’s Monday. Don’t your link roundups come out on Tuesdays and Fridays?” To that I say, “There is no way I’m missing out on sharing Halloween stories before the clock hits midnight and it’s November.” FOR INSTANCE: I have written a story for Refinery29 (my first!) on clowns and the culturalContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Clowns, witches and the trapdoor to Hell”

Things I’m Verbing: Science smackdowns, Trump-loving grandmas and what even is a Playborhood?

While you weren’t looking, Scientific American posted one of the most damning, a-plague-on-everybody’s-house political broadsides I’ve maybe ever seen. Right, left, objective, biased, it doesn’t matter: Everyone gets the unfunny version of “being read for filth.” You need to read “A Plan to Defend Against the War on Science” for so many reasons, but the root ofContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Science smackdowns, Trump-loving grandmas and what even is a Playborhood?”

Things I’m Verbing: Science deserts, ghosts versus bad houses and the evils of SEO

Wow, I sure just read that Jezebel piece about an SEO marketing team exploiting the personal essay industrial complex by creating a fake female identity who was successful enough to be invited to appear on television. Who doesn’t love proof of a system casually hating women across the board in the morning? I was planning on linkingContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Science deserts, ghosts versus bad houses and the evils of SEO”

Things I’m Verbing: Hometown datelines, apocalyptic morality and art as subtweet

I love Pocket — I really do. Being able to save longer stories for later, especially in the stripped-down, no-ads version that lets you best concentrate on the ideas and images, is great. But I have outdone myself in much the same way I have outdone myself rediscovering how much I love the public library system: IContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Hometown datelines, apocalyptic morality and art as subtweet”

Things I’m Verbing: OH WOW, That Debate! Edition

WELL. I perfectly understand if you prefer to stick your fingers in your ears while singing “lalalalala!” or even simply discuss the existence of these candidate-scented candles (comes in Justin Trudeau, Vladimir Putin and anti-Donald Trump), but I had a fabulous time with Stephen Colbert and friends. We all watched the debate beforehand, while we were in lineContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: OH WOW, That Debate! Edition”

Things I’m Verbing: Not sitting still, not using his own money and not honoring bad men

Usually viral Kickstarter campaigns leave me indifferent at best, but the latest “it doesn’t exist yet, but it can and it will, so get in early!” craze has sucked me in. I’m not even a particularly fidgety person, but the Fidget Cube looks freaking great. One of my favorite parts is how the campaign appealsContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Not sitting still, not using his own money and not honoring bad men”

Things I’m Verbing: Hovercraft parents, salty outerwear and the unexplored interior

This week, my cousin asked what “verbing” actually means. I have two answers. One is that I wanted something vague-yet-interesting enough to cover the wide range of feelings I have about the news on any given day. “Things I’m Loving” isn’t always accurate, and “Things I’m Reading” is just boring. The follow-up answer is that Calvin &Continue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Hovercraft parents, salty outerwear and the unexplored interior”

Things I’m Verbing: Real rhinos, thick skins and great expectations

Happy Saturday! It’s the weekend! Sure is nice to kick back and do some reading, right? My simple goal today is to read all the articles in the 22 browser tabs I have open. — Hassan S. Ali (@hassanisms) July 23, 2016 Totally, totally. So, it’s all good stuff, I’m sure: great journalism, considered research,Continue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Real rhinos, thick skins and great expectations”

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: 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”