Interview on the Southpaw Podcast

Last week I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Southpaw podcast discussing my book, muay Thai training, mental illness, and my political trajectory. Sam is a phenomenal interviewer who opened up space for deeper reflection on my experience and managed to corral me when my flight of thought wandered a little too […]

Shame and the Liberals

I’m writing this as a distraction from checking in on the election results. It’s mostly directed at educated white liberals who insist on seeing this close election as evidence that 50% of the population are racists. I am arguing for greater compassion and empathy, and meeting people where they are at cuz calling someone a […]

Dear Instacart Shopper: You are Being Exploited

((you are not alone)) I was never naïve enough to think I could make $25/hour delivering groceries, but that didn’t stop me from applying for a job…I mean contracting my personal shopping and delivery services…with Instacart. Times are tough and those of us who have not been lucky…I mean entrepreneurial enough…to nail downfull-time work are […]

Collected Scraps of Paper

The following is a constellation of ideas and reflections, based on recent conversations with people I care about and influenced by several books, essays, and blogs I have read recently and in the past five years. I don’t want to drop names or structure this in a formal footnoted way, so if you recognize yourself […]

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

“I’m done making plans. I’m just gonna see where the wind blows me,” is what my boyfriend casually said the other night, a little sentiment loaded with meaning beyond simple existentialism or wanderlust. We are recovering from a brief separation where, in a fit of emotional exhaustion, I declared that we would be better off […]

Get a F*#@^%g Job!

I am taking a lap around the office building where I am scheduled to participate in a ceremony whose elusive nature inspires the kind of frantic self-inventory and confusion typically reserved for the morning after a drunken one night stand: the second interview. I am 35 minutes early and looking to demonstrate confident punctuality rather than […]