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: Lilohan, Macedon and Diana of Themyscira

It’s the Friday before Election Day! We’re almost there, if we don’t all expire of wrath and exhaustion first. Things are getting weirder and weirder by the minute, apparently. In addition the FBI seemingly openly working to elect one candidate, we’ve also got a starring role for Macedonian teenagers making money off Facebook ads by generatingContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Lilohan, Macedon and Diana of Themyscira”

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?”

Things I’m Verbing: Living legends, gritty reboots and how to rise above

The folk singer Dar Williams has a song that blew my mind as a Beatles-loving high schooler. “I Won’t Be Your Yoko Ono” surmises, much to my dutifully myth-swallowing teenage heart, that Yoko is not only a person but a gifted artist who had much less to do with “breaking up the Beatles” than an easy, misogynisticContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Living legends, gritty reboots and how to rise above”

Things I’m Verbing: Flagging runners, religious wars and animals that might save the day

I’ve run half-marathons before. I know the saying about elections (or whatever) is “it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon,” but I also know that right now, three and a half weeks before Election Day, I’m exhausted. My feet hurt in muscles I didn’t even know I had, my laces were too tight all along, IContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Flagging runners, religious wars and animals that might save the day”

Things I’m Verbing: Good talkers, bad TV and sweet, sweet Christmas

I’m late to Scandal, and I admit, I’m mostly interested thanks to Josh Malina’s excellent banter and analysis on The West Wing Weekly. I don’t know why I let this happen to me. The show is infuriatingly bad, and yet as long as I can ignore the thoroughly useless White House plots (and the scripts’ hilarious grasp onContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Good talkers, bad TV and sweet, sweet Christmas”

Things I’m Verbing: Hometown datelines, apocalyptic morality and art as subtweet

I love Pocket — I really do. Being able to save longer stories for later, especially in the stripped-down, no-ads version that lets you best concentrate on the ideas and images, is great. But I have outdone myself in much the same way I have outdone myself rediscovering how much I love the public library system: IContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Hometown datelines, apocalyptic morality and art as subtweet”

Things I’m Verbing: OH WOW, That Debate! Edition

WELL. I perfectly understand if you prefer to stick your fingers in your ears while singing “lalalalala!” or even simply discuss the existence of these candidate-scented candles (comes in Justin Trudeau, Vladimir Putin and anti-Donald Trump), but I had a fabulous time with Stephen Colbert and friends. We all watched the debate beforehand, while we were in lineContinue reading “Things I’m Verbing: OH WOW, That Debate! Edition”

Things I’m Verbing: Hovercraft parents, salty outerwear and the unexplored interior

This week, my cousin asked what “verbing” actually means. I have two answers. One is that I wanted something vague-yet-interesting enough to cover the wide range of feelings I have about the news on any given day. “Things I’m Loving” isn’t always accurate, and “Things I’m Reading” is just boring. The follow-up answer is that Calvin &Continue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Hovercraft parents, salty outerwear and the unexplored interior”

Things I’m Verbing: Real rhinos, thick skins and great expectations

Happy Saturday! It’s the weekend! Sure is nice to kick back and do some reading, right? My simple goal today is to read all the articles in the 22 browser tabs I have open. — Hassan S. Ali (@hassanisms) July 23, 2016 Totally, totally. So, it’s all good stuff, I’m sure: great journalism, considered research,Continue reading “Things I’m Verbing: Real rhinos, thick skins and great expectations”