Things I’m Verbing: Cultural memory, peanut stew and how to be a better gentrifier

I don’t like to get off-track with posting, but today I’m delighted to have such a fulfilling excuse. For an assignment in my magazine editing class in journalism school, we had to pick a print publication to analyze. I wandered from the Medill newsroom in the Loop to the nearby Sears Tower, which not onlyContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Cultural memory, peanut stew and how to be a better gentrifier”

Things I’m Verbing: False feminists, bad business and a very good cucumber

I’m working on deadline today, so this is going to be quick — but in a short and sweet kind of way, rest easy. They’re all good stories, Brent.

Things I’m Verbing: Fake food, bad HR and the act you’ve known for all these years

It is an act of radical self-care to remind yourself there is other news and journalism out there totally unrelated to Comey, Trump and the downfall of the republic!

Things I’m Verbing: Christian seders, future ruins and rappelling for suffrage

Ah, we've entered the unprecedented "Mad Libs" stage of the Banality of Evil. https://t.co/F5XCa1h70c — Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) April 3, 2017 I usually don’t share — can we call them incremental stories in the Trump-Russia thing, even when they’re massive, massive revelations? The thing is, it all tends to move so fast, and it’s easyContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Christian seders, future ruins and rappelling for suffrage”

Things I’m Verbing: Fake people, entitled men and literal Danish blanket forts

I started journalism school four years ago today — holy cats. That whole first quarter, all anyone could talk about was Snow Fall, the multimedia longform investigation that was supposed to change everything, and Manti Te’o, the Notre Dame football player whose inspirational long-distance girlfriend turned out to be a hoax. In light of the latter,Continue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Fake people, entitled men and literal Danish blanket forts”

Things I’m Verbing: Here Comes the General (Rise Up)

I know it's an illusion, people get old, your heroes pass, I know, I know. But this week, I admit, has felt malicious. — Linda Holmes Thinks You're Doing Great (@lindaholmes) December 29, 2016 Hey, we’ve done it! (She said, incautiously, with 36-ish hours to go.) 2016 is still sucker-punching us with all it’s got,Continue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Here Comes the General (Rise Up)”

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: 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 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: 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”