My favorite things of 2018

Normally the freelance journalist's life is an endless cycle of pitching, waiting, scrambling, panicking and pitching again. This year I've been spoiled with ongoing engagements with select editorial and corporate clients that have allowed me to mostly avoid pitching panic altogether. I dare say it's been the best year of my freelance career so far,… Continue reading My favorite things of 2018

PS I moved to Berlin

Though it's been a minute since I last posted, I've still been updating my reading list and linking to my recent work. There's been a reason for my radio silence: I moved to Berlin this spring! After nearly a decade in Cincinnati, I sold all my stuff, packed up my cat and crossed the Atlantic… Continue reading PS I moved to Berlin

favorites for the year

I really enjoy taking care of business in the latter days of December. My inbox and apartment are never cleaner; my goals for the coming months and year never so precisely defined. In the spirit of reflection and goal-setting, I decided to round up some best-of lists for myself: My favorite books of the year: Sarai Walker, “Dietland“… Continue reading favorites for the year

my german reunification

I’ve felt kind of radio silent this summer, and there’s a good reason for it. I’m in the middle of three months in Europe, with my headquarters in Germany. To the casual observer, it might seem like this trip came together quite quickly (I first mentioned it to friends in the beginning of April and… Continue reading my german reunification

two weeks in san francisco

Initially I intended to spend a long weekend in San Francisco to attend my good friend's wedding, but then I found out about a longform nonfiction journalism conference happening at Berkeley and extended my stay, opening up the possibilities to see even more amazing authors and artists. Here's what went down:

eleanor beardsley in paris (pledge so hard)

If you love song parodies and NPR and "Watch the Throne," boy, are you in luck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSb0s_z0QF4 This video is almost two years in the making — I wrote "Eleanor Beardsley in Paris" originally in 2012, and when I heard that Carl Kasell was retiring this spring, I realized we had to make the video a reality.… Continue reading eleanor beardsley in paris (pledge so hard)

a magazine pitch that totally worked

Back when I was a baby freelancer, pitching felt like a mystery. I knew in theory how to write an article pitch, sure, but they were usually half-baked. I usually didn't know what the what was yet and wanted an editor to tell me what to do. In the last nearly two years as a full-time… Continue reading a magazine pitch that totally worked