Michael Hobbes

Michael Hobbes

Journalist & Animator

Contributing editor and producer at Highline. Former human rights consultant.

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How To Reduce Corruption — And Lose an Election

The hardest thing about reforming a country, it turns out, is getting credit for it.

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My Hometown Is Better Than Yours

Seattle is objectively superior to the place you are from.

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Is this gentleman bothering you?...

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My Parents Fled From Iran During the Revolution and All I Got Was This Stupid Slate Article

I have an essay in Slate today about how my parents moved to Iran in 1978 to be Christian missionaries, then had to flee when the Revolution happened. The bus to the airport took 30 minutes. As the…...

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May | 2013 |

May 20, 2013 ... 6 posts published by Mike during May 2013. ... me around? DM me on Twitter or write me at michael.hobbes.bln {at} gmail.com. Thanks y'all!...

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An Open Letter to the Girl I Pretended To Have a Crush On in Eighth Grade

Dear Tracy Dolan, Every gay teenager has a different strategy for surviving adolescence. Some join the choir, some write or paint, some play sports, some try to make themselves invisible. And some,…...

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I Was A Teenage Narc

If the past is a foreign country, the person you were when you lived there is a stranger. It’s been more than 10 years since I was a teenager, and the older I get, the more incomprehensible I find …...

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I’m from Seattle, now I live in Berlin. I work for a human rights organization, but not one of the cool ones. Sometimes I spend ages at the supermarket and don’t buy anything. I write e…...