My Writing

 

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

(I also review music, for no one’s particular benefit, on this blog.)

 

This year, I've written about

Science, fact-checking, and the tidal formations I saw in Nova Scotia,

Bob Holden, the renegade NIMBY on the New York City Council,

Bernie Sanders's plan to fix the Postal Service,

community mobilization against a controversial Bushwick real estate project,

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

the best things to do in Corona, Queens and Stapleton, Staten Island,

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, the best things I wrote were 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.