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Ghost Ship Fire Relief, December 8, 2pm - 8pm [0.14]

Posted on Dec. 5, 2016, 12:37 a.m. by interesting times. @ [source]

We will be collecting donations of goods and services directed towards those that have lost in this tragedy and those we can help in order to avoid such crushing circumstances in the future.

If there is anything that you think would be a valuable addition to this list please don’t hesitate to contribute.


Are we there yet? [0.12]

Posted on April 19, 2016, 7:19 p.m. by interesting times. @ [source]

You may have noticed things have been quiet around Who Pays Writers?

The new Who Pays Writers?

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The substance of most “future thoughts” on labor lately.


Something new [0.12]

Posted on Oct. 28, 2015, 6:05 a.m. by interesting times. @ [source]

This Tumblr is sparse lately because I’m updating other ~platforms~ much more regularly. Find me at Patreon with new weekly pieces and drawings about media, money, and labor for subscribers starting at $1/month.

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American for-profit colleges have operated with near impunity for decades, sucking up federal student aid money and defrauding thousands in search of better lives, in exchange for big capital gains. Now students are fighting back.

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Me and my cash-farting tech-symbolic unicorn are in Wired this month.


Five of the silliest ideas about the “future of work.” Me for Pacific Standard with cartoons about robots, bosses, and robot bosses.


Our lawns are quite literally a drain on the nation. My piece at Take Part about some people who are trying to manage our love of grass more responsibly.

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The golden land, after water [0.15]

Posted on June 25, 2015, 6:43 p.m. by interesting times. @ [source]

This is a kind of abridged version of my feature for Longreads about water in California, written for an event at Booksmith on June 24. We’re always in some state of crisis here, but when it comes to water, much of that crisis is actually normal.

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California has always been plagued.

For the last year, the unincorporated and impoverished community of East Porterville has experienced some of the worst effects of this drought through a combination of exceptional factors that have coalesced to stamp out a self-sufficient subsistence that has characterized Central Valley life for many people over the last 150 years.

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I wrote about water, politics, and rural identity in the town where my Okie relatives settled after escaping the Dust Bowl nearly 100 years ago, a town that may now dry up, too.


I wrote and drew about clothes, money, family, and feelings for BuzzFeed.


Google is paying city worker salaries and Facebook is designing police stations. My feature at Next City on Silicon Valley’s new company towns.

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Today Ross Ulbricht was found guilty of starting and operating the Silk Road as the Dread Pirate Roberts. The trial was a wild ride.

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Song of the season [0.50]

Posted on Jan. 23, 2015, 7:05 p.m. by interesting times. @ [source]

Susie Cagle is a journalist and illustrator based in Oakland, California.


The agent who investigated Silk Road for about two years and went undercover on the site as a forum moderator in order to catch the Dread Pirate Roberts. He had at least two theories as to DPR’s true identity along the way.

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Selected, in review [0.18]

Posted on Dec. 29, 2014, 7:47 p.m. by interesting times. @ [source]

I wrote about San Francisco’s new money, politics, technologies, economies and workers. I wrote about the new Oakland and the old Oakland.

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In defense of the antifree [0.09]

Posted on Dec. 19, 2014, 11:11 p.m. by interesting times. @ [source]

That response is now on their website, behind a paywall. Our Who Pays Writers report: This was written on commission for $0.

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