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gay revolution

Book Review: The Velvet Rage

If you’ve spent any time within mainstream gay culture (especially American gay culture), there’s a good chance you’ve heard of The Velvet Rage. It’s a book many will say “you simply must read,” and those who’ve read it frequently report feeling completely seen and understood. It’s a book about how shame for one’s sexuality manifests in […]

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gay revolution

Will the Gay Revolution Succeed?

Not all revolutions succeed. I’m finding out if they gay one will.

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Local Politics v. Local Government

This is part 2 of x about local politics. If you want to keep up with this: follow me on Twitter and/or kindly supply your email address. The words “politics” and “government” are often used interchangeably, but they refer to two different things. This essay is a simple exercise in definition, for the benefit of my other essays […]

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Why Not Local Politics?

This is part 1 of x about local politics. If you want to keep up with this: follow me on Twitter and/or kindly supply your email address. A week ago I asked my Twitter friends this question: if you’re not involved in local politics, why not? I want to know, because I’m entering New York […]

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Business

Picking a Newsletter Platform

This post begins by providing a comparative cost analysis of different newsletter platforms. The final section explains why you shouldn’t worry about that too much (but I needed to look at a cost breakdown before realizing it didn’t matter like I thought, so that’s why I put it first). I. Picking A Newsletter Platform If […]

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Business Work

Selling

Selling is a vital skill, and is more than half the battle in life and business. But selling seems scammy to some people, so let me define some terms. I. DEFINITIONS To sell: the exchange of value for value, the necessary precursor to which is communication between the seller and their audience, the customer. This […]

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Why I quit my job in 2020

A lot of people are questioning business as usual in 2020, literally. I planned my 2020 exit back in 2018, and, as fate would have it, I left in a climate that is more receptive to this decision that ever. Thanks to Alex West for writing this post that inspired my own. I. BACKGROUND I […]

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The Objects of Power

A brief prologue: Many are familiar with the idea of mental models, or mental frameworks, and why they’re useful. But I have another tool: mental mythologies. These are stories that subsume a great deal of thought and compress it into a visual form that I can mentally manipulate. As I will explain in the small […]

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I Hope This Race Finds You Well

The sharp crack of the starting gun was impossible to get used to. You know it’s coming. You know you’re about to run a race. You even signed up for it. And yet. It was the final race of my college career, and I was tensed at the starting line, ready to run 400 meters. […]

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Happiness and Other Heresies

The two sat facing each other in tense silence. As an archmanager within Human Resources, she was one of the more eminent members of the church. As an acolyte analyst just two years out of college, he was not.   “If you could clarify this for me,” she began. “You’re joining another church?” “No,” he said. […]