“Embarrassing” and “ridiculous.” I’m not sure if these journalists are describing the Daily Northwestern or themselves.

After The Daily Northwestern apologized for actions by its student journalists during a recent campus visit by former attorney general Jeff Sessions, the professional journalists began to pile on.

Robert Feder, known for his coverage of the Chicago media scene, described the Daily’s editorial as “bizzare” and “embarrassing.” Glenn Kessler, the fact checker for The Washington Post (my current employer), said it was a travesty and embarrassment.…

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A Hong Konger’s river from America

There are no guides to identity formation in the midst of crisis. No instructions, no textbooks, and no courses on how to understand your self and your relationship with the world and the various bits therein as things look like they’re falling apart.…

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lost, a poem

It started when I stepped off the bus.

The overwhelming sensation
of pain, emptiness, and hesitation

of something lost and something hidden.

What is this?
I said
to myself, for there was nobody
or head there but the air.

I looked around
and the bus was leaving
and I thought to chase after it
but I knew
I knew

that what I was looking for wasn’t there.…

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Statement on the Society of Professional Journalists

In continuing to permit Fox News to sponsor the 2019 Excellence in Journalism awards, the Board of Directors of the Society of Professional Journalists bring shame and disappointment to professional journalists nationwide.

SPJ Board of Directors statement on Fox sponsorship at Excellence in Journalism 2019

SPJ Board of Directors statement on Fox sponsorship at Excellence in Journalism 2019 8/22/2019 3:00:00 PM Tweet CONTACT:J.

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10 moments when I knew I was an adult

  1. I have an FSA, a 401(k), and life insurance beneficiary elections.
  2. I have an attorney who manages my will and advance directive.
  3. I get excited when I get to use my power drill and my vacuum cleaner.
  4. I expect to see my friends within a few months instead of within a few hours.

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Thoughts on e-scooters

After a few weeks in the scooter-littered District of Columbia, I have a few more nuanced thoughts on e-scooters and how they fit into a US city.

My first experience on an electric scooter was, in a nutshell, quite scary. I didn’t have a helmet on, I wasn’t wearing any protective gear, and I happened to be going down a hill.…

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Musings from a new city

Washington, D.C. is beautiful.

It’s strange to be in back in a city after being absent for a few months. Everything is familiar, but in a slightly disjunctive way. Last time, I was speeding past the empty gardens along the Red Line during the winter, but in May, the gardens are lush, flowering, and full of bushes and branches that obscure my view of D.C.’s street paintings and more.…

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Chat archive

I just discovered my WhatsApp chat archive. Since Northwestern, I’ve not had a reason to use it.

Opening it and reading the messages was like a blast from the past. Everything had been carefully preserved by the chat app now owned by Facebook.…

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An attack on us all

An update

Further news updates since the publication of this post have indicated that the story was fabricated. To abuse our sympathy, loyalty and kindness for personal gain is a grave insult to the many people who work hard to protect and stand up for people like myself, who are at risk of targeted persecution, mistreatment and violence.

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Queer libraries


Libraries are incredibly queer spaces. I don’t mean queer in the sense that they’re LGBT, but in the sense that they challenge the normative structures of society: A library is simulatenously radical and queer in its nature. Situated in the cities, towns and villages across the country, the library’s free resources are a promise to the citizenry: Come here, and you will have access to information and knowledge — the things needed to live a free, liberal life.…

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The Sound

I’ve been obsessed with The 1975’s 2016 single, “The Sound,” over the last few days.

There’s something about the song’s lyrics and underlying beat that’s connecting at a deep and fundamental layer of my existence.

Perhaps it’s the unapologetic poppiness of the song, which speaks to the basicness integral to my personality.…

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