I’m from Seattle, now I live in Berlin. I work for a human rights organization, but not one of the cool ones. My real name is Michael Baab but I write under this other one because I have a distant cousin with the same name as me who is kind of famous. My parents are disappointed in me, but for other reasons.
Sometimes I write essays:
- The Myth of the Ethical Consumer (Highline / Huffington Post)
- The Zone (The Billfold)
- How (Not) to Save the World (The New Republic)
- Why Did AIDS Ravage the U.S. More Than Any Other Developed Country? (The New Republic)
- What Dhaka, The Traffic Capital of the World, Can Teach the U.S. (The New Republic)
- How My Parents Accidentally Got Caught Up in the Iranian Revolution (Slate)
- Why Does Yogurt Cost More in Zimbabwe Than in New York City? (The New Republic)
- What Happens When One of Your Coworkers Dies (The Billfold)
- Why is Zambia So Poor? (Pacific Standard)
- An Open Letter to the Girl I Pretended To Have a Crush On in Eighth Grade
- The Time My Landlord Ratted Me Out to the Cops
- Letting Stress Win: A Commencement Speech
- How to Reduce Corruption—And Lose an Election
- I Was A Teenage Narc
- Homies: What Happened to Everyone I Went to Middle School With?
- How to Become a Gay Prostitute in Denmark
- The 10 Times I Met My Landlord
I also make videos! So far I’ve made one about why the European flag is so boring and why the AIDS epidemic has been so severe in America and this one time I went to Uganda. There was also this adaptation of a short story about an elephant, but no one really watched that one.
I was on NPR once.
This, bafflingly, is the most popular thing I’ve ever written.
If you want, you can contact me.