Category Archives: journalism

The Days of Scrapple and Free Coffee Refills

Last year the bar across my apartment burned down (photo courtesy of Monica Fanya). It was a harsh blow to the neighborhood: Elena’s not only provided a cheap and convenient bar and restaurant space, but a late night safe haven. … Continue reading

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The paranoid style in [Oregonian] politics

Last Friday Slate published my latest piece on the battle over water fluoridation in Portland, Oregon. It’s a public health measure (in strengthens your teeth) embraced by the vast majority of the medical, dental, and scientific community and almost every … Continue reading

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“The view is nice from here; not scenic or nothing, but nice”

My contribution to City Paper last week: On the quasi-public spaces that have sprung up around Penn, which I’ve noticed over the course of my weirdo writer hours, spent transcribing interviews and reading old news articles I’m sure Rutgers, Camden … Continue reading

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Listen to me ramble about Atlantic City, labor law, sweatshops, and Star Trek

Sarah Jaffe and Josh Eidelson have a wonderful podcast at Dissent, entitled Belabored. and I hugely recommend you listen to it for a weekly dosage of accessible news about the state of working America. This week they have me on … Continue reading

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Atlantic City is Weird, Possibly Doomed (and I really like it)

In the beginning of this year I spent a lot of time in Atlantic City, just a short NJ Transit ride away from Philly. It’s a very bizarre little place, with a population of just under 40,000, an urban feel, … Continue reading

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Workers Allege Wage Theft in Fancy Sushi Eatery, Fat Salmon

May Day was yesterday and I spent the day covering an action against a fancy sushi restaurant, Fat Salmon (best sushi in the city, 2012). A group of workers allege that the owner has been stealing portions of their tips, … Continue reading

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Penn guards: More than a year since the union vote, still no contract

I haven’t been focused on keeping the blog updated as my stories come out and now I’m playing catch up. Below you’ll find my Philly City Paper update on the Penn security guards struggle to unionize, which I first reported … Continue reading

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[Obligatory Bruce Springsteen reference to Atlantic City]

In one week Next City will be publishing my long form article on Atlantic City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and ever-increasing competition from surrounding states, especially Pennsylvania. Here’s the teaser for the article (with excellent photography from Paul … Continue reading

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I’m in Ms. Magazine!

I have a long form article in the Winter issue of Ms. Magazine which is, unfortunately, only available in print. It’s about the recent upsurge in violent right-wing extremism, with a focus on anti-abortion terrorism, and the Department of Homeland … Continue reading

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Don’t Depend on Manufacturing Jobs

In my latest post for Next City I’ve reviewed a few policies to encourage manufacturing development. But while manufacturing in America does seem to be experiencing a resurgence, that doesn’t mean manufacturing jobs are. Bruce Springsteen is right: Those jobs … Continue reading

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