for Rewire Qasim Rashid holds his phone out to me over the table at the Starbucks where we are having coffee. Someone has tweeted, “I will give anyone who kills the basterd [sic] Qasim Rashid one thousand dollar.” “First of all, I’m a little offended it’s only a thousand dollars,” Rashid says with a laugh. […]Read more "‘Coffee, Cake, and True Islam’: How a Muslim Community Is Fighting Islamophobia"
Dear Katie, I work across the street from a bar, and about every month I go there on a Friday night to unwind with my manager and some of my co-workers. Lately, my manager has been overdoing it, drinking till the point of blackout. When he’s sober, his personality is somewhat abrasive and cocky (for […]Read more "Ask an Addict: So Your Boss Has a Drinking Problem…"
For Paste Addiction is an issue that impacts almost everyone in some way. I’ve been in recovery from alcoholism/addiction since January 2008. During that time, I’ve gone through ups and downs but have fortunately managed to stay sober. I’m not an expert or mental health professional, just a sober person offering advice based on my […]Read more "Ask an Addict: Partying Post Relapse"
for Book Riot There are a number of reasons I love Samantha Irby. She makes me feel better about the fact that I hate almost everything (most especially leaving the house), she talks frankly about the realities of living with a bowel disorder, and she recently got BORN DEAD tattooed on her knuckles. She is […]Read more "WE ARE NEVER INTERVIEWING IN REAL LIFE: AN INTERVIEW WITH SAMANTHA IRBY"
for Paste Dear Katie, I am a freelance journalist and recently saw the AP Guidelines changed for how to write about addiction. One of the changes they stress is not calling people addicts. Seeing as your column is called Ask an Addict (and the few sober people I know also refer to themselves as alcoholics […]Read more "Ask an Addict: Did The AP Really Need to Change the Guidelines for the Word “Addict”?"
for The Fix Shortly after noon on Monday, June 19th, my phone started vibrating with text messages. “Did you hear about Carrie Fisher? So sad, right?” I had heard about Carrie Fisher, or so I thought. Certainly, the saddest thing anyone could be referencing was her death following a cardiac arrest on an airplane in […]Read more "Carrie Fisher: Our Stigma Fighting Icon"
for Paste Magazine Addiction is an issue that impacts almost everyone in some way. I’ve been in recovery from alcoholism/addiction since January 2008. During that time, I’ve gone through ups and downs but have fortunately managed to stay sober. I’ll be answering a reader-submitted question about recovery every other week (information on how to submit […]Read more "Ask an Addict: Do People Become Addicted to Addiction Recovery Groups?"