My Writing


If you'd like to commission me, or if you have a complaint or compliment about something I've written,
please drop me a line at jakebittle at gmail dot com. 


Most recently, I've written about

The need to humanize mass shooters (for Slate), 

the anti-homeless sentiment in Queens that brought down an incumbent Councilwoman (for the Village Voice),

and an anti-union campaign at Washington University in St. Louis that targeted undocumented students (for The Nation).


Slightly less recently, I've written about

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

and the hypocrisies of a New York Times event on Chicago's gun violence epidemic.


In the past, I've written about

The deceptive practices and broken promises of the Chicago Housing Authority

my personal relationship with the poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini,

the social service desert facing queer 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,

the city of Chicago's losing battle against a rodent invasion,

and David Brooks, not very kindly, for my undergraduate student newspaper.