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Freelance Journalist and Writer, Pacific Standard

I write about crime for @pacificstand and edit @thebafflermag's website. Previously: @CJR, @capitalnewyork, @longformpodcast.

The Utopian Vision of Pawnee, Indiana — Parks and Recreation, now entering its final season on NBC, has always represented a very particular, very liberal fantasy about how government should work. Though the city of Pawnee, Indiana is broadly drawn to the point of caricature-every branch of government seems to have its own set of quirks, from the stoned dudes of Animal Control to the sleazeballs who work in Sewage-it's also, in its way, a utopia.

Democracy in Greece, for Now — In seven years' time, Athens has been transformed from one of Europe's gleaming capital cities to Europe's version of Detroit-much of it dirty, forlorn, its storefronts abandoned, its population in decline. Graffiti is ubiquitous. There are homeless beggars huddling on the steps of vacant buildings, and makeshift soup kitchens set up in public parks.

Q&A: Judy Wajcman on the Scapegoating of the Email Inbox, Busyness as a Status Marker, the Division of Labor at Home, and More — Last April, an erroneous story got passed around online that the French government was considering making it illegal for people to answer work emails after 6 p.m. It was soon discredited-the proposal came from two unions, in the context of a contract negotiation, rather than from the government-but not before the mischaracterized version was picked up by what seemed like every single news site in America.

Don't Believe the FBI's Most Recent Hate Crime Statistics — Crimes targeting black and transgender Americans persist, but they are under-reported and under-recorded. * Last week, as the world's eyes turned (and hearts opened) to the victims of the shocking terror attacks in Paris, two smaller cities reckoned with their own crimes of hate and fear here at home.

London's Poor Fetish - The Baffler — Visit any bar in the hip London districts of Brixton, Dalston or Peckham and you will invariably end up in a warehouse, on the top floor of a car park, or under a railway arch.

Q&A: Cynthia M. Duncan on Poverty and Politics in Rural America — Twenty years ago, the stock market was high, and national unemployment was low. But not everyone had an equal claim to that growing bubble. When University of New Hampshire sociologist Cynthia M. Duncan published the first edition of her book Worlds Apart in 1999, she exposed the hard realities for rural communities where both jobs and hope were packing up and leaving.

(Even More) Unintended Consequences of Police Use of Force — Mistrust and resentment may make arrestees more violent once they're in prison. * After months of turmoil, protests, and public discussion, police departments across the country, large and small, are taking stock of their policies with regard to their officers' use of force.

The Very Real Dangers of Tasers — Scientific research reveals the harmful effects of Tasers, on both body and mind. * On Tuesday, the Miami New Times published the results of a yearlong investigation into the lethal misuse of Tasers by three of Miami's police departments.

The Best of The Baffler in 2014 — Well well well, 2014 was a big year for The Baffler, yessir. This summer, we launched our new website and complete online archives. This fall, we organized a conference on feminism in the workplace with keynote speaker Susan Faludi (here are the illustrations and videos), and hosted a debate on the #future between David Graeber and Peter Thiel ( video here).

Problems With Police Sanctions — "Accountability and legitimacy are essential for communities to trust their police departments, and for there to be genuine collaboration between police and the citizens they serve," said Attorney General Eric Holder earlier this month. At the time, he wasn't speaking about the deaths of Eric Garner, or Michael Brown, or Tamir Rice.
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Mar 28, 2015

I don't know why but I'm really enjoying this phrase "Mrs. Clinton’s 'unprecedented email arrangement with herself'"

Mar 27, 2015

RT @PacificStand: Will teens who received mandatory life sentences without parole get a second chance in court?: by @lkirchner

Mar 26, 2015

@PacificStand More specifically, it's abt the ppl still in jail who were sentenced before the mandatory-sentencing rules changed in 2012

Mar 26, 2015

@rebeccakmccray Seriously! Catchy headlines are also hard. Every hed should be "Case Important! Complicated Details Below"

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