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And the shouting, again

A year ago I felt hopeless. I was a few months out of journalism school, patching together freelance gigs and sending out resumes. I clicked through days, alternating digging myself into an Internet hole and blankly staring at the Golf Channel. I watched a lot

Living in the shadow of the boom

*Note: This is a posting of Tim’s longform journalism project about oil boomtown Williston, ND, completed at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism–in other words, this story is a lot longer and more in depth than your usual Tumult post.       THE LONG SHADOW OF

What we listened to this year

2014 was a weird year. We traveled to North Dakota (I tweeted a lot), ran half a marathon, played a lot of ping pong, then graduated from Medill. Mike moved to New York, and Tim moved home. Through it all, one thing was constant—music. I saw

Goodbye Stephen: The brilliance of the breaks

This isn’t a think piece about the Colbert Report’s final episode. Not another one. Not another summary of Stephen Colbert’s impact because we get it. He meant a lot, and, man, looking back, he did a lot. There was nothing like him, like that character.

Writing for nobody in particular

It takes a lot to get words out, when nobody is telling you what to do. It’s a long process. While you’re doing it, it’s damn hard. Let’s get a bit meta here about that last sentence. I decided “damn” would do when an f-bomb

A nod to not sleeping

It’s the second night in a row I can’t sleep. It’s been a problem for me as long as I can remember. I can’t shut down. I can’t get those little thoughts to unsquirm from my head. I can’t sleep. I can’t sleep, I simply

New York is never happy to see you

I have never liked New York City. Whenever I set foot on Manhattan Island, my blood pressure raises. I don’t really know why I feel this way. If anything I should like it – both sides of my parents’ families are from the area, I grew up