Author Archives: The Gazine


Time Inc. and the Times fire their first women editors within the same year and for the same reason

In light of the fact that the New York Times just fired its first female executive editor, I was reminded that Time magazine did something oddly similar this past December. I read the following article in the NYT at the end of last year: “Time Inc. Is Preparing to Head Out on It’s Own.” Flanked […]

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How to Hitchhike from Denver to Yellowstone in Two Days: An Essay

By Amien Essif The following is a creative non-fiction piece I wrote about the first stretch of a trip I made from Denver to Portland in the summer of 2013. Another bit of writing that came out of that same experience–an essay about the tension between freedom and capitalism–was published on the Guardian in December […]

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A Close-up of How Class Society Perpetuates Itself

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 […]


An Allegory About How Crime Is an Economic Problem

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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Harper’s Ads Are Lame (And I Approve)

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 […]


When You Say ‘Millennials’ Do You Mean Your Rich Friends?

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. […]

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This Is Your Brain on Magazine Internships

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 […]

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The Gazine Turned 1 on Saturday!

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 […]


Is Starbucks the New Johnny Appleseed?

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)

At His Lyrical Best

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 […]


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