Things I’m Verbing: Central Asian dictators, elegiac hillbillies and the nature of reality (or something)

https://twitter.com/jayasax/status/799268603149352960 This morning’s hideous Cabinet news: Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, a man literally too racist for the 1980s. It seems obvious that, like during the election, Trump is working to numb his enemies with a fire-hose of soul-crushing and shocking news, every one bit of which should be immediately disqualifying. President Obama is tryingContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Central Asian dictators, elegiac hillbillies and the nature of reality (or something)”

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: Giant Meteor 2016

Growing up, I always wanted political lawn signs at our house, and I was always disappointed we didn’t have any. It’s not like it would have been a drastic statement of any kind. We lived in a college town surrounded by some of the last New Deal Democrats of an increasingly red Ohio. Was anyoneContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Giant Meteor 2016”

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: 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: 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: 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: Custom bodies, stupid robots and little pictures

I can’t stop thinking about comics these days. I just finished up an online comics-making course with an illustrator I’ve loved from afar for years, and it’s been so energizing, not least because as a beginner, I just can’t expect perfection, which means I get to be free of perfectionism. (My fellow writers of anyContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Custom bodies, stupid robots and little pictures”