Things I’m Verbing: Cold War throwbacks, A-list blackouts and the new underground

It’s the Friday before Christmas, and… this is where we are, basically: it would be pretty cool to not be terrified of nuclear war — Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) December 23, 2016 https://twitter.com/joelcifer/status/812297263234109440 I have takenthe powersthat werein the constitution and whichyou probablyplannedto use Forgive meplutocracy isso sweetand so cold — the supreme court will destroyContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Cold War throwbacks, A-list blackouts and the new underground”

Things I’m Verbing: Falling down a chimney, lighting the oil and rereading history

The news keeps being heavy. I’m trying not to burn myself out, but it feels unbearable in its own way not to be a witness and speak out against this. If you want to stop here, that’s totally fine; here’s a first-person account of falling down a chimney for clicking over, which I appreciate. ForContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Falling down a chimney, lighting the oil and rereading history”

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 Reject the President-Elect” and a WPA for Journalism

I marched in my first take-over-the-streets mass protest Wednesday night. Conveniently, I’d scheduled therapy for the day after the election, but I’d done all my crying before that. I’d heard there was going to be some sort of protest at Union Square, about a 10-minute walk from my therapist’s office, so I grabbed a pitaContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: “We Reject the President-Elect” and a WPA for Journalism”

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: 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?”