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So far this year, I've written about
high-powered "safety lights" in NYCHA housing projects,
the labor shortage facing rural Postal Service mail carriers,
an exhibit about the architecture of the Manhattan Project,
a faculty unionization campaign at the University of Iowa,
how Amazon's rise is pushing US Postal Service workers to the brink,
the grotesque attempted execution of Doyle Lee Hamm in Alabama,
the controversy over the Bushwick rezoning,
the planned transformation of New York's Penn Station,
backlash against hotel homeless shelters in Sunset Park, Brooklyn,
and Robert Mueller, snarkily, for The Point magazine.
In 2017, I wrote about
an anti-union campaign at Washington University in St. Louis that targeted undocumented students,
the need to humanize mass shooters,
the anti-homeless sentiment in Queens that brought down a City Councilwoman,
the Manhattan District Attorney's long record of harshly punishing low-income defendants,
the quixotic campaign of Marc Fliedner for Brooklyn District Attorney,
the figure of the "progressive prosecutor" in that same District Attorney's race,
the terrors of a Mark Zuckerberg presidency,
the comparable terrors of Taylor Swift's new music,
the hypocrisies of a New York Times event on Chicago's gun violence epidemic,
the deceptive practices of the Chicago Housing Authority,
and David Brooks, not very kindly, for my undergraduate student newspaper.
Before that, I wrote (most notably) about
my personal relationship with the poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini,
the social service desert facing homeless youth on the South Side of Chicago,
the vanity and valor of book collecting,
the diminishing relevance of the Nation of Islam as a community organization on the South Side,
the struggles of Saint Sabina's Church to combat the South Side's crisis of disinvestment and defunding,
the dormant architectural legacy of Columbus, Indiana,
and the city of Chicago's losing battle against a rodent invasion.