Writing

Meet Three Local Bands Competing To Play NPR Music’s Tiny Desk

DCist, May 7, 2019

Three bands from the D.C. region who entered the NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest stopped into WAMU’s studios to talk about the local music scene and to perform some songs. Music mixed by Mark Gunnery.

Rebel Girls: D.C. Women In Punk

Kojo Nnamdi Show, March 8, 2019

For International Women’s Day, a multimedia piece on ten bands that feature women who have shaped the sound and politics of D.C. punk over the years.

Our Apocalypse: Sabbatai Tsevi in the 21st Century

Doykeit Zine, Issue 4, 2019

Why do humans seek messiah figures in moments of crisis, both geopolitical and personal? What uses do apocalyptic and messianic thinking have for people? Are there secular strands of messianism? A look at the mass movement around Sabbatai Tsevi, a 17th century rabbi who declared himself to be the messiah, as a way to start answering those questions for the present, a moment of multiple crises that some interpret as apocalyptic.

Unlearning Toxic Masculinity, Learning Consent

Kojo Nnamdi Show, October 10, 2018

As the #MeToo movement moves into its second year, conversations about both healthy and toxic masculinity have become more urgent. Three local advocates who work with youth share their takes on the messages boys and men receive about masculinity, and share advice for parents, coaches, mentors and educators who want to discuss difficult topics like sexual assault, consent, bullying and violence.

A 50-Song Soundtrack to Life During the Trump Regime

Baltimore City Paper, June 21, 2017

Reviews of songs by Hurray for the Riff Raff and Wet Brain for Baltimore City Paper's annual music issue.

Listening to Ta-Nehisi Coates While Dreaming

Baltimore City Paper, July 24, 2015

A reflection on reading Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates as a white person, and a response to New York Times columnist David Brooks' condescending open letter to Coates, Listening to Ta-Nehisi Coates While White.

Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP's Fight Against AIDS

Indypendent Reader, December 29, 2011

A review of Deborah B. Gould's book Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP's Fight Against AIDS, a look at how emotions like rage, pride, fear, and grief inform politics and social movements.

The Girl Who Renegotiated Trauma: An Introduction to Trauma Theory for Activists

Indypendent Reader, May 18, 2011

An introduction to trauma theory told through a critical reading of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, and suggestions for how activists can take trauma into account when doing their work.