Meet Our Founding Members

Nine independent projects, in one bundle.

The Brick House Cooperative is composed entirely of writers, artists and editors directly involved in publishing: it’s 100% ad-free, and there are no investors or executives in our organization. That means all our money comes from readers and direct donations.

Journalism is a public trust. A community of journalists looking out for each other, committed to the strength and vigor of the cooperative, will be stronger in every way—better at producing stories that matter, better in business, better at serving the public. The Brick House represents this enlightened self-interest, conceived in solidarity, and built to last. The Brick House’s founding publications are:

  • Jason Adam Katzenstein’s AWRY, a brand-new hub for comics with an emphasis on new voices, critiques of power, and stories never before seen in cartoon form 
  • Harry Siegel and Alex Brook Lynn’s FAQ NYC, a podcast that tries to make sense of the only city in the whole world
  • Tom Scocca and Joe MacLeod’s HMM WEEKLY, featuring culture, commentary, and opinion from veterans of GawkerDeadspin, and the Baltimore City Paper
  • Brian Hioe’s NO MAN IS AN ISLAND, focused on Taiwan and other places Western media have tended to ignore
  • Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún’s OLONGOAFRICA, a pan-African community of opinion makers 
  • Maria Bustillos’s POPULA, the home for humanist, egalitarian perspectives on news and culture 
  • Myriam Gurba’s TASTEFUL RUDE, a new site drilling into the intersection of art, literature, celebrity, and politics, eschewing the white cishet male gaze in favor of all others
  • David Moore and Donald Shaw’s THE SLUDGE REPORT, an unfiltered view of the swampiest politicos behind the week’s headlines 
  • Mike Kanin and Sunny Sone’s PREACHY, a new home for writing about spirituality, religiosity, and modes of peace and introspection 

We also have an Advisory Council that includes Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, together with the Tow Center’s Emily Bell, editor and Postlight founder Paul Ford, and journalists and editors Anna Holmes, Gabriel Snyder, and Hamilton Nolan.

THE BRICK HOUSE:  building a community of journalists who look out for each other and serve no one other than our readers. This is a test of the emergency cooperative publishing system. Join us. Publish with us. Read us.

Previews of Brick House member work:

‘Two Prisons’: a Chinese dissident’s story

This short documentary details Wang Zhongxia’s account of political persecution and paranoia at the hands of Beijing police.

Sept. 9, 2020 9:00AM EDTby Brian Hioe – @brianhioe


a conversation with the author of The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls

Sept. 9, 2020 1:30PM EDTby Myriam Gurba – @lesbrains

Election Diary: What It Is

on the peaceful transfer of power

Sept. 25, 2020 12:00PM EDTby Ana Marie Cox – @anamariecox