personal history

2.13.19

Being Raised by Two Narcissists Taught Me How to Deal with Trump

Two years in, some people are still expecting one of his scandals to bring him down. I know better.

1.7.19

I Got Bussed into a Rich School and Saw the Unfairness of America

It was like entering another world—and it taught me all I needed to know about inequality and class privilege.

12.3.18

Despite Everything, I Still Love New York

The city isn't the same. That doesn't mean we should give up on it.

9.6.18

I Went Through All of My Old Tweets and Was Horrified by What I Found

Deleting my tweets one at a time was an education in self-loathing and shame—and 100-percent worth it.

6.30.18

The Things I Can’t Ask My Mother

A story of love, addiction, gay marriage, and forgiveness.

6.22.18

I've Helped Separate Kids from Parents in Court, So I Know How Awful It Is

The job was among the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.

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11.9.17

My Awful, Profitable 18 Months as a Trump-Obsessed Journalist

Has Donald Trump becoming president been bad for the world but good for my career?

9.25.17

I Bought a Condo and It Ruined My Life

Nearly a decade after the collapse of the housing bubble, I'm still feeling the consequences.

9.15.17

I Can't Visit My Sons in Prison Because of My Unpaid Traffic Tickets

A mother facing terminal cancer and debts she'll never be able to pay wonders if she'll ever see her incarcerated children again.

8.30.17

Fear, Flooding, Harvey, and Me

How I learned to fear the rain.

6.6.17

What My Father the Pathological Liar Taught Me About Trump

Life under the new president has been unsettling, but also strangely familiar.

5.3.16

A Portrait of Coal Town on the Brink of Death

A failing coal industry has left many residents of West Virginia with few options: move away, die, or try to scrape out a future in an unforgiving economic climate.

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