Specifically, I am a Brooklyn-based freelancer who covers things like tech, drugs, society, and labor.
Long Island Cannabis Conversations: Part II
We left off in the island’s East End, where European colonists left their mark with (among other things) the name ‘Hamptons.’ For this installment, we return to Eastern Long Island and Southampton, where members of the Shinnecock Nation will soon open the first medical- and adult-use dispensary in New York State.
Author of The Polar Express On Predicting Our Ecological Dystopia
In 1990, artist and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg’s future was bright, but he also foresaw a very dark future in light of then-new projections and warnings about our environment.
‘He Was Coughing Up Blood:’ Uber And Lyft Drivers Face Illness And Confusion Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
Workers for platforms like Uber, Lyft, and Postmates are finding themselves on the front lines both medically and financially.
How Cannabis Coevolved With Humanity, And Could Save It
As we face unprecedented hurdles, it's time to re-embrace our oldest allies on this planet, including history's most useful plant.
How the Invention of Spreadsheet Software Unleashed Wall Street on the World
With the rise of spreadsheets and PCs, the ages-old trading industry and “stock market” dove head first into brand-new realms of monetary activity.
It's Time to Stop Using Police Dogs
One overcast day in February 2016, a massive police motorcade coursed through Pittsburgh. Hundreds of officers mourned one of their own—Officer Aren, a five-year-old German Shepherd.
Using Cannabis While Pregnant Does Not Impair Children’s Cognition, Decades Of Studies Suggest
Children and their parents routinely face separation and punishment because of legal and medical policies around prenatal cannabis exposure and supposed developmental risks, but a review of research to date suggests there's no evidence that cannabis harms unborn kids.
AT&T And Free Conferencing Are Facing Off As COVID-19, Primaries Send Telecom Demands Soaring
The folks at FreeConferenceCall.com — one of the world’s oldest and most popular free-or-cheap conferencing platforms — say that AT&T, the world’s top telecom earner, won’t let customers dial in.
The Delivery War Is Reckless And Vain
As firms like Amazon, Walmart, and Uber compete for our loyalty, the economic and environmental costs could drag us all down.
Will Brands Reinvent Money, or Are Digital Dollars a Bust?
Many forms of so-called digital money aren’t actually so new or innovative—nor actual ‘money,’ in most cases—and often have much in common. Ways in which they differ could indicate which systems are likely to survive, or end up worthless.
As Uber And Airbnb Ask For Bailouts, Critics And Workers Aren’t Buying It
Amid safety concerns and ongoing flak from drivers and labor groups, the heads of Uber and Airbnb have been personally asking federal officials to help bail their suppliers out.
Spectrum Workers Call For Public ISP, Sing Carols After Nearly 3 Years On Strike
This spring, hundreds of striking Charter Spectrum technicians will hit the three-year mark just as NYC lawmakers consider 10 more years of the telecom-giant subsidiary.
Medicaid, Marijuana And Me: An Ex-Opioid Addict's Take On American Drug Denial
While D.C. ponders cuts affecting millions, here's a 15-minute read on what I've learned in 15 years about our country's real drug problem.
From Bondage to Brains: A Cultural History of Zombies
Believe it or not, the creatures that infiltrated pop culture all descend from the same series of characters—ones that united diverse spiritualities against the real-life horror of slavery.