• Reading Roundup: Week of 10/21/19

    October 21, 2019 by

    “I’ve seen California’s future, and it’s dark” by Sarah Miller for The Outline It’s not difficult to find sober warnings about the climate crisis, but Miller’s story reads more like apocalyptic fiction—or, given the Little House references, pioneer fiction—than a typical personal essay, and the result is haunting. Never mind some far-flung futuristic disaster: we’re… Read more

  • Science Loses When Winners Take All

    September 24, 2019 by

    A note: This post is a bit longer than my others, and I wish I could say that’s why it’s taken two weeks longer to write. But really, it’s because writing this was tough. Thinking about the recent MIT scandal means thinking about how cruel the world is to survivors, how easily abuse is dismissed… Read more

  • New Poems in The Offing

    September 16, 2019 by

    Life has been so busy and my drafts, sadly, remain drafts. In place of a post I’m sharing two of my poems, which were published last week in Back of the Envelope, the science section of the literary magazine The Offing. For poetry about gender inequality in computer science and the relationship between the self… Read more

  • Hackers & Users

    August 27, 2019 by

    A couple weeks ago, the Duke Law & Technology Review published a special symposium issue in honor of the late John Perry Barlow—lyricist for The Grateful Dead, internet pioneer, and co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The issue kicks off with Barlow’s “A Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace” (1996), which I initially read last year… Read more

  • The Societies

    August 13, 2019 by

    Earlier this year, I found myself hooked on a Netflix show called The Society, which is at first glance difficult to pick out from the glut of similar YA dystopian fiction on and off screen. Its setting, a town to which a group of high school students return from a school trip, only to find… Read more

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