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Entries in SF Weekly (7)

Saturday
Feb182017

Busy Times Call for Busy Journalism

I've had a few new stories published this year already, some of which have been a few months in the making. The first, and biggest, is a look at diversity initiatives at Google and how well they are -- or aren't -- working. You can read it over at Fast Company

I also recently attended some of the 40-hour training that San Francisco Police Officers receive in crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques. You can read about it in the SF Weekly. And, in light of new research showing that the Fruitvale district in Oakland has higher levels of lead toxicity in kids than Flint, Michigan, I wrote about a stalled court case that would provide money to decontaminate the city. 

Sunday
Jan082017

Updates from the second half of 2016

Happy new year! I wrote and published a whole bunch of stuff in the second half of last year, including several pieces on music and culture. For Bitch I wrote a roundup of modern-day goth bands (yes, there are some!) with an eye toward women and genderfluid folks in the scene. I also wrote a new piece about Egyptian female-fronted metal band Massive Scar Era and, speaking of Africa, I wrote about Edward Banchs' new book, Heavy Metal Africa, for Vice

Also for Vice, I wrote a follow-up to my piece on rape kits, focusing on how women are using the courts to get their rape kits tested. And I wrote two pieces late in the year for the SF Weekly about how the election of Donald Trump is affecting San Francisco's relationship with undocumented residents, including students and people facing deportation

I'm looking forward to writing a lot more and sharing it with you in 2017. 

Friday
Apr082016

Springtime writing updates

Spring has sprung in San Francisco, which really just means alternating heat waves, drizzly days, and hay fever noses. I've been busily writing here and there (okay, not HERE so much). I wanted to take a moment to share a couple of my favorite recent articles. 

In early March I published a piece in the SF Weekly about a major screw-up the San Francisco transit agency made when making a key intersection more pedestrian-friendly. Their mistake made it difficult or impossible for buses to make the corner, and required them to tear up and redo a bunch of the work.

A couple of weeks ago I had my first piece in VICE, about "The Last Unicorn" author Peter S. Beagle's ugly legal fight against his former manager, who he accuses of fraud and elder abuse. 

Sunday
Feb282016

Lots of news!

I recently started as a senior editor at Wear Your Voice, a publication that focuses on intersectional feminism, social justice and body positivity. On top of editing, I also contributed a recent piece encouraging compassion for San Francisco's homeless residents, who've had a particularly bad time of it lately. 

I also wrote a story about Oakland doom band Lycus for the SF Weekly, and posted two pieces on Medium. One of them is about some of the surprising things I learned covering the courts for three years. The other is a quick guide for music writers who are working on articles about allegations of sexual misconduct. 

And I'm joining the San Francisco Writers' Grotto in March!

Monday
Nov122012

Beloved, Perfect Union, I Live Here

Sorry for the quiet; it's been a busy time for me, with a new job and some travel and Halloween and everything else going on. My Goodreads giveaway went well; you can check out new reviews of Beloved right here. And, of course, you can buy a copy in all sorts of formats here

I recently published a new cover story with the San Francisco Weekly on the topic of LGBT and marriage activism in the wake of Prop. 8. It's called "A More Perfect Union: Prop. 8 May Lead to Gay-Marriage Rights." 

Also recently, I was featured in the ongoing project called I Live Here: SF. It provides portraits, in photographs and words, of people who live in San Francisco. This piece was a long time in coming and I'm glad it's finally online. You can check it out here

 

Friday
Aug102012

Girls Don't Like Metal & More

Canadian writer Natalie Zina Walschots is conducting a series of interviews with women from all aspects of the heavy-metal world. It's called "Girls Don't Like Metal," a rebuke of something a heavy-metal magazine idiotically claimed. Last week, she interviewed me! Click here to check it out.  

In addition, I've got lots of new articles out there, including ones on Oakland string-metallers Judgement Day, coyotes vs. dogs, and the economics of filming in San Francisco's public schools

Saturday
May262012

On the cover of the SF Weekly

I recently spent a day at Double Fine Productions, the studio of legendary game designer Tim Schafer, to learn about the company and its recent record-breaking success on Kickstarter. My article, "The Adventures of a Videogame Rebel," was this week's cover story for the SF Weekly.