My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer In Court
I’ve been sending out some impertinent tweets about Progressive Insurance lately, but I haven’t explained how they pissed me off. So I will do that here as succinctly as possible. There’s a general understanding that says, “insurance companies— oh they’re awful,” but since Progressive turned their shit hose on my late sister and my parents, I’ve learned some things that really surprised me.
I’ll try to cleave to the facts. On June 19, 2010, my sister was driving in Baltimore when her car was struck by another car and she was killed. The other driver had run a red light and hit my sister as she crossed the intersection on the green light.
Comedian Louis CK is at the top of his game. His recently announced tour has already raked in over $4.5 million. But here’s the really amazing part: he’s selling tickets exclusively off his site, without Ticketmaster. Check out this longread for The Atlantic where I explore why CK’s been able to succeed taking on Ticketmaster when Pearl Jam failed back in the 90s, and more broadly, how his actions are the antidote to our impersonal corporatized culture.
Don’t you think it’s bullshit that when films and shows are shown on TV they aren’t available at the same time online or VOD? My article for The Atlanticexplores why this is the case, and why this plan loses money for the studios and networks. I also talk a lot about Louis CK and his recent success with selling his standup special on his website.
I'm the author of the novel SWIMMING INSIDE THE SUN, and the forthcoming nonfiction book INVISIBLES (Penguin/Portfolio) about the power of embracing anonymous work in a culture obsessed with self-promotion and praise. I write often about the intersection of technology, media, psychology and culture for various publications, including, most frequently, The Atlantic.