Things I’m Verbing: Oh God, Not the Debates Edition

Weeks ago, a friend invited me to join her in the audience for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, which, no-brainer! It was only yesterday that I finally made the connection between the date we’re attending — tonight — and the fact of the first presidential debate, also tonight. I thought maybe that meant we could escapeContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Oh God, Not the Debates Edition”

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: 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”

Things I’m Verbing: TV hates women, women hate the monoculture and the monoculture hates jobs

This has been a particularly crummy week for great women. Obviously I’m annoyed as all get-out that ABC canceled Agent Carter (even as Captain America: Civil War nears $300 million in domestic gross alone). It is certainly worth considering the show’s flaws even aside from ratings — this Medium post articulates a lot of what it was upContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: TV hates women, women hate the monoculture and the monoculture hates jobs”

Things I’m Verbing: Actor problems, Arctic problems and asshole journalist problems

I love a lot of things about new Marvel movie season. Top of the list is seeing my favorite actors gleefully making idiots of themselves in every available interview and on every available surface upon which their faces can be displayed. However, the downside is that every time a big fandom event comes around, reporters andContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Actor problems, Arctic problems and asshole journalist problems”

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”

Things I’m Verbing: Former Aleppos, Chicagoland Souvenirs and the Many Queens of Journalism

Busy few weeks over here! I’m delighted to share a personal essay I wrote for CityLab that I’m very proud of. “A Pilgrim in Chicagoland” is about running away from the things you love most and figuring out how not to leave what you need behind. It’s also about chintzy Chicago-branded souvenirs — and redemptive ukuleles. I’veContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Former Aleppos, Chicagoland Souvenirs and the Many Queens of Journalism”

Things I’m Verbing: Down with ninjas, up with opera and right this way for swing

Sometimes I get down on myself for feeling drawn to the arts — isn’t there More Important Stuff going on in the world? I should stop doing that: Not only are the arts wonderful and important, but they’re as perfect a lens as any to examine the world and how we interact with each other. PlusContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Down with ninjas, up with opera and right this way for swing”

Things I’m Verbing: Baseball in Havana, coming home to Accra and mariachi in Santa Fe

I am mindful of the date, so let me assure you that all of these stories are real and worth your time. In fact, most of them are pretty unfunny. Sometimes that’s just what you find. However, if you know right off the bat that that’s not for you today, let me recommend stories on theContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Baseball in Havana, coming home to Accra and mariachi in Santa Fe”

Things I’m Verbing: FOIAs on hold, fascism on the radio and fangirling the Rockford Peaches

Over the weekend, I fulfilled maybe my dearest movie-related wish: getting to see A League of Their Own on a big screen, in a room full of other people, mostly women, for whom it was also an immensely formative experience as a young kid. I was 7 when it came out, and I think only I sawContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: FOIAs on hold, fascism on the radio and fangirling the Rockford Peaches”