Journalist for Time, Fortune, Centurion, Entrepreneur, Mental Floss, The Economist, The Guardian, KQED, Atlas Obscura, Ms. & more. Sometimes editor. Occasional ghostwriter. Formerly Brittany.
The 1977 Disability Rights Protest That Broke Records and Changed Laws • Atlas Obscura
The 504 Sit-In was the longest non-violent occupation of a federal building in United States history.
The rare challenge of building a pandemic memorial • City Monitor
In late March, Vienna residents began leaving candles and prayers for protection at the Trinity Column, commonly called the plague column.
The Great Internet Land Grab • NewYorker.com
It’s not easy to get a short, crisp Web address.
I’m adopting San Francisco storm drains—and naming them after women • Curbed
On alleys named after men, I’m honoring some of my favorite women writers.
How One of the Largest Archives of Trans History Found a Home in Vallejo
One of the Bay Area’s most unique, valuable public resources—the Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive—began with a single person’s dedication to collecting and preserving the past.
Keeping Track of Monument Removals Could Be a Full-Time Job • Atlas Obscura
So data scientist Emily Gorcenski created When They Came Down to crowdsource the stories behind the topplings.
Meet the Artist Illustrating COVID-19 Disparities in San Francisco • KQED
Biomedical illustrator Farah Hamade, the inaugural artist in residence at UCSF Library, is working to untangle what she calls “a whole web” of interrelated issues impacting San Franciscans during this challenging year.
Bars bring live music to San Francisco's streets with socially distanced concerts • Hoodline
Honky-tonk duo Nashville Honeymoon has played a lot of Bay Area venues: bars, nightclubs, even a farmers market. But last Saturday may have marked the band's first performance in the back of a pickup truck.
It’s a Great Time to Rediscover the Art of Writing Letters • Shondaland
It’s never been more important to be connected. Here are some ways to cultivate deeper, more intentional communication with one the oldest, most stylish forms of correspondence.
Walking the Entire Bay • Bay Nature
Thirty years after the project officially began, the idea for the San Francisco Bay Trail seems both delightfully obvious and considerably difficult. To link Bay Area communities across nine counties and 47 cities with one multiuse, 500-mile trail is an ambitious dream. And as with other major social initiatives, fully building out the Bay Trail is an ongoing endeavor, decades into its existence.
Talking With Masha Gessen, the Ultimate Authority on Authoritarianism • DAME
The renowned Putin biographer is our most sought-after expert in the Trump era. Her latest, 'The Future Is History,' reveals how easily democracy can devolve into autocracy.
San Rafael’s Museum of International Propaganda Reopens Just in Time • KQED
Founded in 2016—and recently reopened to the public after closing for half the year due to the coronavirus pandemic—the small, impactful, free museum was established by Tom and his wife and partner of 50 years, Lilka. (text + photos)
How My Love of Regional Airport Diners Took Off • The Statesider
I’m a hardcore road-tripper and I often plan my driving routes to include these odd little outposts, which I experience as one of the most obvious indicators of where I am and what the local culture is like. That, and who doesn’t like all-day diner brunch? (text + photos)
These Birds Protect Black Rhinos From Poachers (but Also Drink Their Blood) • Audubon
Red-billed Oxpeckers and their critically endangered hosts aren’t the only avian-mammal pairings with a mutually beneficial bond.