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New York City
Freelance Journalist

Writes for @dagblog, @Reuters, @Mcsweeneys, @esquiremag, @forbes, @tNYPress, @tpm @thedailybeast @theawl

The Problem of Waiting on Civil Rights Issues

dagblog.com — In 2003 and 2004, I had the unique opportunity to have written an experimental musical that was produced off-off Broadway and in the New York International Fringe Festival. The framed poster from the debut is in my apartment. To me, it's a major accomplishment. Somewhere along the run, two men met and fell in love.

The Dag Pardon and Clemency Project

dagblog.com — President Obama will be in office quite awhile longer but the time to tell him who to pardon on the way out is now. It won't due to wait until his last months in office because the decisions will largely have been made by then. Let's start a pardon and clemency list.

Financial Illiteracy and Bill Clinton's "Secret Company"

dagblog.com — The right wing is all agog about Bill Clinton's "secret" company. The secret is a Limited Liability Company called WJC LLC. The "secret" company, which has twice incorporated itself with public documents naming Bill Clinton as its majority shareholder in two states (New York and Delaware, is not actually a secret company at all.

Re-Free Martha Stewart

dagblog.com — This week brought news that five large global banks had admitted to felonies and agreed to pay $5.6 billion in fines to the U.S. Treasury for colluding to rig global currency markets. The amount of the fines captured headlines but the amounts are actually relatively small.

It’s Time for America to Pardon Martha Stewart

thedailybeast.com — On Wednesday, five of the largest banks in the world agreed to pay a combined $5.6 billion to the U.S. Treasury and then pleaded guilty to a series of criminal charges that they had operated for years as a secret cabal to manipulate currency exchange rates, in many cases directly ripping off clients in the process.

Corruption, American Style

forbes.com — Con men, swindlers and cheaters pay bribes. Sophisticates hire lobbyists because lobbyists get better, more lasting results while only rarely landing in the slammer. We know intuitively that bribery and lobbying are related, and there are reams of academic papers that try to draw the line between legitimate issue advocacy and corruption.

The Age of Marvel

dagblog.com — I haven't seen Avengers: Age of Ultron yet, but there's no doubt that will happen. I actually haven't seen the second Captain America either. Parenthood will do that. But I have seen most of the Marvel movies, I watch Agents of Shield and just finished Daredevil on Netflix.
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Jul 30, 2015

I can't believe that people are consumed with rage over the killing of a lion when I just flipped the world's oldest tortoise onto its back.

Jul 30, 2015

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: List: 25 Words Your Kindergartner Must Know Before First Grade.: mcsweeneys.net/articles/25-wo…

Jul 29, 2015

When I'm biking and a truck needs to pass, I make the Luke speederbike gesture (ROTJ). I yell "No, wait LEIA!" as I get on the bike, too.

Jul 29, 2015

@samtanenhaus @johnjcook Further NYT: If only we could place Hillary Clinton in one of these Dickensian nail salons...

Jul 28, 2015

Great piece from @ritholtz -- hate when people say the market "tried to hold onto gains." No. It doesn't care. bloombergview.com/articles/2015-…

Jul 28, 2015

Biked through a red light in front of a cop on horseback. First time I ever avoided a ticket b/c a cop refused to get off her high horse.

Jul 28, 2015

The U.S. was founded by white men who stole land from Natives, owned slaves and only let rich men vote. How'd it become an oligarchy?

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