Lessons gleaned from writing an advice column about money

People don’t talk about money enough. And I don’t mean this in the crass sense that they don’t brag about material things, but in the sense that money affects everyone and yet discussing it is taboo. …


On why we feel the need to be productive in the first place

For the last day or two, I’ve been thinking about this excellent Vox essay by Beatrice Forman titled, “The soothing, slightly sinister world of productivity hacks,” partly because while it’s nominally about the new generation of air-quote, Influencers (some of whom are not legally old enough to drink), who are…


How to track your routines when the idea of tracking anything fills you with existential dread

I have never been someone who enjoys organizing, de-cluttering, or doing anything administrative. I am comfortable with some level of chaos and my inclination to impose order on it is fairly selective. …


Your company is not apolitical, no matter what your CEO says

I have several jobs, and one of them is “lowly adjunct” in the graduate school of journalism at NYU, where I teach a class about digital media innovation. As part of the course, my students have to conceptualize and prototype a new media product that could be used in a…


Personal development for busy people with children (a.k.a. chaos bombs) who may also be experiencing a glacially moving midlife crisis and are maybe a little burned out

I read a lot of self-help literature. This is, to put it mildly, “off brand” for me.

I’m skeptical of simple prescriptive solutions to complex problems, I hate New Age-y stuff, I do not want to be told that I need to take more time for “me”, and the closest…


I’ve stopped entertaining any notion that there’s a hard red line that President Trump (it still pains me to say those two words in sequence, aloud, or even in my own head) will cross that would lead Twitter to decide that he has so thoroughly violated their Terms of Service…


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Look, you fucking shitheads. So I use some coarse language. So I say what I mean. So I don’t know the difference between off the record and on the record.

Let’s talk about something important. Let’s talk about Reince Priebus. What kind of stupid fucking name is Reince Priebus anyway…


On Managerial Boundaries and Weekend Texting

This week’s Times “Corner Office” interview, which is not usually a feature known for provocation or controversy, features Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini and it’s going a tiny bit viral because she has an unconventional test for potential hires:

Here’s something I do: If you’re in the process of interviewing…

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