Michael Hobbes

Michael Hobbes

Journalist & Animator

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

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The Zone

A love story set on Nigeria's largest free trade zone. And it's true!

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What Happens When One of Your Coworkers Dies

For a few days there, we were people to each other. Then we weren't again.

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Britain Discovers Food Banks, Can’t Decide If It Likes Them — The Billfold

Is the rise of individual charity in Britain a sign of compassion, or government failure?

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The 10 Times I Met My Landlord

He has an unsqueezing handshake, that’s the first thing I notice about him. He just puts his hand out, and I shake it like a juice.

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The 10 Times I Met My Landlord

He has an unsqueezing handshake, that’s the first thing I notice about him. He just puts his hand out, and I shake it like a juice.

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My Year in Money: It’s Okay to Get a Housecleaner and Buy Cheese

Asking for money is like dating: You hope you never do it enough to get good at it.

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Why Don’t I Give Money to Poor People?

Everywhere it's different but the same. In San Francisco it's the guy who could visit his sick sister in Portland if he could just get 10 bucks for the bus fare. In Paris it's children with their arms out. Why do we give or don't give?

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How Capitalism Explains Why Processed Food is Bad for You — The Billfold — Medium

by Michael Hobbes ¶ I make a mean marinara sauce....

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How My Danish Friend Paid Off His Debt By Becoming A Gay Prostitute — The Billfold

by Michael Hobbes ¶ Henrik was in debt. ¶ Not crushing or ruinous or inescapable debt, the kind that makes you ignore letters in your…...

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What Happens When One of Your Coworkers Dies — The Billfold

by Michael Hobbes ¶ The first thing that happens is someone tells you....

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Chain Restaurants — The Billfold

by Michael Hobbes ¶ Last weekend in London I had a cute little lunch at a cute little patisserie in Soho, and was feeling all satisfied…...

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Britain Discovers Food Banks, Can’t Decide If It Likes Them — The Billfold — Medium

by Michael Hobbes ¶ Joanna has sugary cups of tea in place of meals....