I woke up in a grog so think I could barely breathe, the air was made out of pillow stuffing, the ambient sounds were written backwards. I fell asleep again for another hour, now it was noon, I still couldn’t penetrate. Now it was 1 p.m. I lay in bed, sinking in the fog for […]

The assumption that hitchhiking or walking across the country is not a ‘black’ thing to do goes way back to what it means to be an American and which Americans have the right to travel, to enjoy traveling, and not just on an Amtrak or a Greyhound bus but also on the road, crossing property […]

“I have an ego.” -Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei in an October 2015 interview with ArtSlant on the occasion of the inauguration of his guest professorship at the Berlin University of the Arts They have a nickname for Ai Weiwei in China—“Ai Shen”—which suggests that he’s a god. And, while I know little about Chinese […]

Amien Essif I was in St. Louis over the weekend for the “Ferguson October” event, and after the march and the subsequent rally, I was looking for a place to eat. That’s when some guy rushed up to me and handed me a booklet that I immediately regretted taking. The 75-page publication had all the […]

By Amien Essif Ever go to a pro-worker website and scroll through their articles only to find that every photo looks the same? It’s an eye-level shot of a group of picketteers, probably taken by the writer. Part of the blame for the monotony lies on the budget of the publication which is usually (read: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]