Kate Drabinski

Columnist Field Tripping

Recent Articles

  • Field Tripping: Fitbitting Across America

    I’ve spent a lot of time in airports in the last month. And I mean a lot of time. It’s not like I’m one of those business travelers who has medallion status and gets to do everything first, or one of those people with matching luggage that organizes things. Truth be told, I don’t even have a separate...

  • Field Tripping: Christmas Overload

    I’m not really much for Christmas. I mean, I’m not one of those scrooges who actively grouses about it, complaining about the blurring of the lines between church and state when school and government calendars are explicitly linked to a religious holiday. I don’t grumble on and on about the tyranny...

  • We can take our bikes on the MARC train!

    We can take our bikes on the MARC train!

    OMFG we can take our full-size bikes on MARC trains! This is so exciting. Ok, it's only on weekends, and only on the Penn Line, and only at certain times, but as bicyclists, we're used to taking what we can get, assuming we ever get anything at all. And this is a very, very good thing. D.C. has...

  • Book Review: Dawn Paley looks at the people on the ground in the War on Drugs in 'Drug War Capitalism'

    Book Review: Dawn Paley looks at the people on the ground in the War on Drugs in 'Drug War Capitalism'

    Official accounts of the War on Drugs in Mexico, Central America, and Colombia tend to tell tales of massive cartels fighting each other over territory and trade routes. This narrative dominates our government's reporting as a way to justify increased economic and military intervention in the region....

  • Field Tripping: A critical look at the BMA's American wing

    I’ve lived within spitting distance of the Baltimore Museum of Art since moving to the city, but somehow, in spite of the part where it’s free, has bathrooms, and is a very short bike ride away, I’ve never spent much time there. I don’t know what it is about the museum that has kept me away. I...

  • Field Tripping: Costco Saturdays

    Leave it to capitalism to make shopping a holiday. I mean, really—we’re almost at that time of year where it’s common sense to just go out and buy all the things, whether you need, or even want, the things, because it’s the end of the year, and supposedly that’s just what we do. In my line of work...

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