Things I’m Verbing: Lady Lindy, the Queen of Diamonds and your next Angelica Schuyler

I just saw the Yankees play the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, my first professional baseball game in about eight or nine years. I found it hilarious and delightful, but truth be told, I only have one true love when it comes to baseball.

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: Direct action, dirty hands and Asian-Americanness

Throughout my life, I have frequently had to yell at New Yorkers to stop writing, talking and behaving like 1) New York is the only real place on earth and 2) everyone knows and 3) cares about every little New York thing that’s happening in New York at any given second. But I have toContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Direct action, dirty hands and Asian-Americanness”

Things I’m Verbing: Syncretism, solidarity and straight lines

My Jewish high school got a bomb threat today but thankfully the police were able to assure everyone that Ivanka is a Jew — Sarah Lazarus (@sarahclazarus) February 27, 2017 Lots of antisemitism around social media right now, with many people outraged that “no one is talking about this” and “why isn’t this screaming fromContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Syncretism, solidarity and straight lines”

Things I’m Verbing: Inside/outside, middle ground and how to have a baby

Have you seen Hidden Figures? You absolutely need to see Hidden Figures, a movie that makes no apologies for its brilliant Black women and for its depiction of the systems that humiliated and suppressed them. I just get really excited whenever I see that it’s doing well, and for a non-scifi film, it’s inspiring some incredible fanart.Continue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Inside/outside, middle ground and how to have a baby”

Things I’m Verbing: Expendable courtiers, boring dictatorships and the end of life

There’s still goodness in the world: Michele dressed up as Ruth Bader Ginsburg for super heroes day at her school. And she got a personal note from Justice Ginsburg days later. pic.twitter.com/ctXejn0Ljc — Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 7, 2017 a friend's mom recently learned how to use emojis and has been using the poopContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Expendable courtiers, boring dictatorships and the end of life”

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: Plague pits, zoodles and the Death Star

It’s a rough world out there. The more you learn about Trump, Putin and their nuclear bromance (at least in Trump’s mind), the more you may just want to retreat into concrete joys in life. For me, one thing I decided earlier this month was that if I got a spiralizer, everything would be okay. (ItContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Plague pits, zoodles and the Death Star”

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: 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”