I’m in The New Yorker this week!

In case you’re a subscriber or have a sudden hankering for a real print magazine, I’m delighted to say that I currently have a letter to the editor in The New Yorker. (It’s the March 11th edition, the one with the skier and cute dogs on the cover.)

I wrote a response to Ian Parker’s excellent profile of Dan Mallory, bestselling pseudonymous author of The Woman in the Window and noted scammer and creep in the publishing world. Dan Mallory has said in a response to the piece that the history of lies that Parker uncovered are due to his bipolar II disorder.

Hmmm. I happen to have lived with bipolar disorder for nearly ten years, and I call bull.

Luckily, The New Yorker was kind enough to ask me to expand on my tweet on the subject to explain why mental illness doesn’t make you a liar, scammer, or cheat. Greed, arrogance, and privilege do.

I hope you’ll check it out! There’s a delay between when letters appear in print and when they go up on the site, so I’ll edit this post with a link when it’s live online.

Analyzing Minneapolis-St. Paul’s progressive bike policy at Mother Earth News

You might recall that I wrote a post for Mother Earth News’s Green Transportation blog a few months ago, and I’m delighted to say that my work will be continuing to appear there once or twice a month! I’ll be covering transportation policy from bike lanes to electric cars to equitable public transit with a special focus on the Minneapolis-St. Paul (Twin Cities) area.

This week I wrote about Minneapolis-St. Paul’s progressive bike policy, exciting increases in ridership, and the public health implications. You can read it at this link.

“Attention” appears in Cat on a Leash Review!

I’m sick this week and still recovering from midterms, so I’m way behind on my reading and blogging! In lieu of a Monday Reads review, I’m posting this in hopes you’ll check out a short story of mine that appeared in Cat on a Leash Review this week: “Attention.”

I’m so proud of this story and thrilled it found a home at Cat on a Leash. “Attention” delves deep into the themes that keep me up (and writing) at night: queerness, silence, sexuality, violence. You should take your time and explore the rest of Cat on a Leash, too–I’m honored to be in such great company!

Finally, check back next Monday for my review of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi–I’m in awe at Gyasi’s talent and I can’t wait to put my thoughts into words when I’m feeling better.

Traveling Green at Mother Earth News

I have vivid memories of a copy of Mother Earth News being on every coffee table, bookshelf, and kitchen counter while I was growing up. My family, and my mother in particular, always strived to live a little lighter on the earth, and much of their inspiration came from the plucky folks featured in that magazine.

So, it was with great delight that I appeared on Mother Earth News’s Green Transportation blog last week, talking about 3 ways I learned to travel green in the city after living in rural areas for most of my life. I hope you’ll give it a read and let me know what you think in their comments section.

It was especially exciting to see my name in e-print again since my writing portfolio has been so dormant during college. As I prepare to graduate in December, you can expect lots more writing from me while I (potentially) make the leap back to full-time freelance!