I’ve honestly lost count of the number of people I’ve pissed off over the last (almost) decade of writing for the mainstream media. I like to blame Jack Rivlin, founder and Big Boss in Charge of The Tab for giving me the platform to move the masses to a sense of rage. However, it all started a few years before that when me and my best friend in college, Lucy Von Goetz (she’s also famous now, so that should say something about the company I keep), took over editing our campus magazine.
It took one issue to get the college campus magazine canceled forever. It was also the first time I had to stand up to someone for my work. I wrote a cover and centerfold piece on the medical uses for MDMA and marijuana. Ironically, the college dean hadn’t read the piece when it came to disciplining us, so I still claim that debate as a win. I also threw in a few McCarthyism comments, as well as some freedom of speech throw-downs. Eventually, we ended up handing out the hundred of copies of the magazine for free at the college gates – a concept I stole from the TV show, Malcolm in The Middle.
When my managing editor asked me to write this piece, it finally got me thinking about why I chose this career path, and why I write about the things that I do.