Raconteur. Adventurer. Kimchi Enthusiast.


In which four AmeriCorps alumni attempt to make plans. Nic:  Hello beautiful people, I know that there was a preliminary push for an Ameri-Hangout on Friday, but I was hoping to get the ball rolling with concrete plans! Who all is available on Friday? Would we want to do dinner? Just drinks? No drinks (I’m kidding, that’s not really an option)? Tentatively an 8 pm meet up in the East Bay? I do.. Read More

Come Healing

I wrote this two weeks ago.  I sat on it for a bit but have decided to go ahead and put it into the world now. behold the gates of mercy/an arbitrary space and none of us deserving of the cruelty or the grace… (sincerely, l. cohen.) Like so many others I am surprised by the weight of my reaction to Robin Williams’s suicide; he seemed a fixture in the universe, a font.. Read More


There is a reason I have been quiet lately. In phrases and allusions I have hinted at other explanations – work and travel and the busy-ness of a day job and pursuit of a creative dream and the demands of brokeness – but there is a truth lurking behind all of these, one harder to admit, one less acceptable than the promise and possibility embedded in so much doing.   I have been.. Read More

JingleChat No. 7

Me: would you judge me if i started eating roadkill?   Jingles:  dude what why would do that…   Me:  it’s just an idea   Jingles: ???   Me: get some good fresh meat for free   Jingles:  that’s not a thing you need to do, right? there are ways to obtain food   Me:  well, yesbut what are the objections to eating roadkill?how would it be different than eating hunted meat?i mean,.. Read More


So it turns out the best part about writing about race on the Internet is the slow trickle of racist email never goes away!  While I am happy to ignore the comments and the tweets, I feel obligated to respond to those who send emails.  After all, they took so much time and effort to track me down; the least I can do is expend a few words to explain to them why.. Read More

Dear Racists: You Are Not As Smart As You Think You Are

I wrote a short essay about race and ethnicity in the George Zimmerman trial.  It was published on Salon.  If you have not read it yet, I encourage you to do so, both because the rest of this post will not make much sense without it, and because, if you’ll pardon my bragging, it’s pretty good.   Most of the comments on it are quite… pointed, shall we say?  I’ve received a handful.. Read More

When People Are The Worst

I really loved Ta-Nehisi Coates’s recent reflection on the “working definition of an asshole.”  I think he summarizes things nicely in describing such a specimen as “a person who demands that all social interaction happen on their terms”, although I wonder if he doesn’t quite go far enough – for it’s not only social interactions that can be forced to square with the worldview of an asshole, but the narrative of one’s entire.. Read More

JingleChat No. 6

(In which Isa goes on a date.) Me:  i am going to try not to do my usual stupid, boy-repelling things Jingles: nice   bringing out the big guns Me: yes trying not to punch somebody   or get drunk   or run away in fear   those are my big guns. Jingles: wow   you’ve actually done those things?   you sound like a dude yourself   no offense Me: I FLIRT LIKE A TWELVE-YEAR-OLD BOY   with access to.. Read More

JingleChat No. 5

Jingles: my titties hurt me: hahahahahahaha   did you get a purple nurple last night? Jingles: nah   too many pushups yesterday me: oh i see   you got the MANLY titty-hurt Jingles: yes   the manliest   these manboobs aint going to sprout themselves   at least, not in a sexy way

FemChat 5.0

Isa: please help me to be less of a jackass to the dude i am trying to bang.  PLEASE. Kelly: Do you have a photo of the young man in question?  And/or a brief description of his interests? (Isa sends a link to the Facebook page of the gentleman under discussion.) Isa: also now i feel like a stalker for looking up those photos.  is that more or less normal than punching somebody?.. Read More