Me, On Vacation

Because it’s the end of the summer, I’m returning to my ancestral homeland to eat fried clams, read a book a day, give myself what is bound to be a truly hilarious-looking sunburn, and steel myself to talk you through the enormous amount of truly terrible television that will be coming your way in September. I’ll miss you all badly, but I promise not to abandon you. A crackerjack squad of guest-bloggers will be taking my place. They are:

-Zack Beauchamp is a Reporter/Blogger here at ThinkProgress. He previously contributed to Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish at Newsweek/Daily Beast, and enjoys philosophy and All Things Whedon.

-Alan Pyke graduated Oberlin College in 2008 (to his eternal sheepishness), hopped around the country as an organizer for 18 months, then settled in D.C. to write about politics. When he’s not doing that, he’s thinking about hiphop, The Clash, spanish movies, Jimmy McNulty, or nursing odd pet theories (the preeminence of dumbed-down drug rap is analogous to hair bands’ brief, shiny takeover of rock music). He reviews movies and concerts for Brightest Young Things, and occasionally reviews rap/R&B; records for RapGenius. Follow him on Twitter @PykeA.

-Mychal Denzel Smith is a writer and social commentator, whose work has been seen on The Atlantic, The Nation, The Guardian, Ebony, The Root, and theGrio. He covers a range of topics, including but not limited to: politics, social justice, pop culture, hip-hop, mental health, feminism, and black male identity. Follow him on Twitter @mychalsmith.


-s.e. smith is a writer, agitator, and commentator based in Northern California, with a journalistic focus on social issues, particularly gender, prison reform, disability rights, environmental justice, queerness, class, and the intersections thereof, with a special interest in rural subjects. International publication credits include work for theSydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, and AlterNet, among many other news outlets and magazines. Assisted by cats Loki and Leila, smith lives in Fort Bragg, California. Follow s.e. on Twitter @sesmithwrites.

-Jessica Wakeman writes about pop culture, politics and feminism for She has also written for Bitch Magazine, Radar, the New York Daily News, the New York Times Book Review, and Jess lives in Queens, New York, and is a 2005 graduate of NYU. Contact her at and follow her on Twitter @JessicaWakeman.

As always, be excellent to them and each other in my absence. I’ll be back on September 11.