stripped bike

Times had been tough lately. My income—a mix between freelance journalism and french tutoring—was barely cutting it. But when I landed a job as a bike delivery guy at Papa John’s Pizza I found out I could make $100 in one, long night rather than over the course of a week of rough drafts and […]


I hate artless metaphors that are supposed to illustrate economic problems, where widgets stand in for real products and free markets stand in for the way markets actually work. But I’m going to try one out on you, just because this is a blog, and bloggers are allowed to be artless while still being relevant. […]

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I usually keep a subscription to at least one magazine, and this year, Haper’s magazine is my main squeeze. Three issues in, I’m convinced that it’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a magazine (though I said that when I took The Believer, my former honey). Harper’s is sophisticated, it’s lefty, it has a column called […]


If you haven’t read Jesse Meyerson’s article published on in early January, you should go read it. Or, if you’re a Millennial and don’t have the time to go read it, here’s a summary: The piece is titled “Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For” and it’s pretty straightforward: Guaranteed work for everybody. […]

intern work

From a journal entry during my Fall 2012 internship at In These Times in Chicago: The duties at the internship here at In These Times prescribe information processing beyond any speed I’ve attempted. But I’m adapting. I’m becoming a processor. Actually it feels more like my brain is becoming a processor while the lower half […]

birthday cake

I wanted to take a moment to wish The Gazine a happy birthday, but it’s a weird thing to do. First, I have to find enough breath to yell into the woods. I’m talking to everyone with Internet access, so I’m talking to no one, exactly. In this way, wishing The Gazine a happy birthday […]


If you believe, the company’s CEO Howard Schultz is a true American hero. “In 1983, Howard traveled to Italy and became captivated with Italian coffee bars and the romance of the coffee experience. He had a vision to bring the Italian coffeehouse tradition back to the United States. A place for conversation and a […]

Statue of a grieving muse at Chopin's grave, Paris (Photo: Jelle Druyts)

A Look at Two of Chopin’s Preludes, Which After Having Heard Them, Are The Most Valuable Things I Own I visited Chopin’s Paris grave to thank him for his Prelude No. 13 in F-sharp. It’s the only religious thing I’ve done this year. I first heard the song on a $1 record I bought at […]

french police

Amien Essif The following is a personal account of a clash between French students and police and was written on March 10, 2011 in Montpellier, France. “It’s the same thing every year,” said one of my native friends when the next morning I expressed a shock which I couldn’t articulate in broken French. “It’s a […]


Originally posted on Selecting Stones:
By Amien Essif, of The Gazine Alright, holiday shoppers of 2013 — are you having fun yet?  Did you get your rush on Black Friday, which has now been moved up to Thursday somewhere between the corn casserole and the cranberry relish?  More importantly, did you get your discount?  Great,…


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