I wanted to be a writer before I wanted to be anything else, and I’ve been writing and publishing online for most of my life.
My career as a writer began during my undergraduate years, when I wrote music reviews and cultural criticism for Stylus Magazine, a now-defunct website started by a college friend. Most of this writing exists only in web archives; I believe a few citations on Wikipedia entries for Ghostface Killah and Britney Spears still refer to old articles of mine, which is a wonderful legacy.
After that, I blogged during the days when that was prominent, until a young college student dropped me an email to see if I’d write about music and film for a political magazine he was starting. This magazine, Jacobin, ended up doing quite well, and I’m proud to have been there from the beginning. My most widely read article at Jacobin was my analysis of gentrification in DC, located here. You can find my more writing for the magazine here.
I also helped two brilliant graduate students, Asad Haider and Salar Mohandesi, get their political and theoretical publication, Viewpoint Magazine, off the ground during the heady days of the Occupy movement. I’m happy to say it’s continuing to do great things. I’ve published writing here, though more of my work at Viewpoint has been editorial.
I also have a Medium account where I publish writing I don’t want to bother anyone else with. I have mixed feelings about the platform, but I’m always interested in experimenting with new media systems.