I’ve been publishing novels for ten years, this month, and my first series is still, miraculously, in print. That’s a pretty cool achievement. Both being in print and still being here, still under contract, still writing (albeit slowly, these days). Enduring the highs and lows of publishing and coming out the other side isn’t for […]
My academic training is in the history of war and resistance movements, which has given me a lot of context with which to untangle this particular period of political, economic, technological and climate change. Perhaps this understanding of what’s come before is why I’m so frustrated when folks can’t see the same things I do,
Good morning, America. Are you hungover? Honestly, I think I’ve been hungover since the 2000 election, which was a whopping 16 years ago. Two timelines diverged in a wood, and lo, we took the darker one, and here we are, America, perpetually drunk or hungover. Looking back, it’s easy to see why nobody cared to
Putting this here for reference because I’ve been seeing a lot of people arguing about useless know-nothing bullshit lately, and falling headfirst into this trap. Listen. The haters are here to keep us hating back, to keep us from doing our work. They are a distraction. You are punching at clouds. You are punching at
One of the ideas I always struggled with – as a person who makes a fair amount of money now and is happy to pay taxes toward stuff like schools and roads and Medicare to help people out – was why so many of the folks who are the target beneficiaries of those services and
When did journalism go from this: “This thing happened. Here are the factual details of what happened as verified by our in-house reporter. Here is a quote from someone supporting this fact. Here is a quote from someone who explains how this fact will affect your immediate situation. Here are the facts again. Here’s where
History suggests that major social policy unfolds on a continuum. The Social Security Act of 1935 disappointed liberal New Dealers because what was called “old-age insurance” covered only about half the adult population. It excluded farmhands, domestics, employees of small businesses, and most blacks. That was because FDR needed the votes of Southern Democrats, the
I think what I like so much about climbing (or, the idea of climbing, I haven’t even been indoor climbing since Alaska) is that so much of it is a mind game. It’s you against yourself. I’ve always been my own greatest nemesis. Muwahaha ahahaah. That said: here’s some crazy fuckers.