Intentionally Bad Tippers Are Trash People You Should Never Trust, and There Are No Exceptions to This Rule

One of the most underrated parts of a) adulthood and b) being an adult with an occupation that allows for some flexibility on where I’m able to work is that I don’t have to spend much time around people I don’t fuck with. No asshole 11th grader I have to catch the school bus with each morning, no shitty manager I have…

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fires Editorial Cartoonist Critical of Trump: Here’s Why That Should Scare the Shit Out of You

Two weeks ago, Rob Rogers, an award-winning and beloved editorial cartoonist who’d been working for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for 25 years, revealed that a number of his recent cartoons had been “killed”—which is what happens when an editor decides not to publish a journalist’s work. This is not a particularly…

Things I Learned Yesterday After Being Stuck in an Airport for 10 Hours Because of a Flight Delay

I’m writing this from a hotel room in Washington, D.C. I’m here for a Q&A and book signing with Franchesca Ramsey Wednesday evening, and I’ll also be on Al-Jazeera’s The Stream Wednesday afternoon. Because my day is so busy, I wanted to get here early just so I’d be settled and ready, and my flight from Pittsburgh was…

Beyoncé and Jay-Z Are Going to Every Damn Mid-Atlantic and Rust Belt City Except Pittsburgh, and My Feelings Aren’t Hurt at All!

The (almost) billionaire parents of Blue Ivy will be on tour again this summer. Which I guess is good news for the people who live in the cities that this tour will stop in. Good for you for living in those cities, people who live in those cities! I am happy for you, and the exclamation point at the end of this…

Confession: I Write for a Living, but I Don’t Actually Know How to Pronounce Any Words

It was 2013. I was on a panel (I don’t remember where) talking about something (I don’t remember what). To articulate the point I intended to make, I wanted to use the word “zeitgeist.” It’s a word I’d used multiple times in print, as it’s a really neat and subtly pretentious way of saying “spirit” or even “culture.”…