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One New York girl and the precarious lives of the poor

Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City, by Andrea Elliott. Washington Post, December 3, 2021. full article


The Last Frontier: Homesteaders on the Margins of America

(On life off-grid with little money, in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.) Harper’s Magazine, August 2019. full article


The Strike That Brought MLK to Memphis

(“In his final days, Martin Luther King Jr. stood by striking sanitation workers. We returned to the city to see what has changed—and what hasn’t.”) Smithsonian Magazine, January 2018. full article


The History of Southern Africa, by Train

(“It’s the best way to make sense of the continent’s epic scope, wild splendor and bloody colonial history.”) T Magazine, November 3, 2016. full article


My Guantánamo, and Theirs

(Behind the scenes on press tours of the prison camp.) Off Assignment, August 13, 2016. full article + multimedia


Cattle Calls: The Vanishing Breed of the Country Vet

(On making it as an old-fashioned veterinarian in today’s world.) Harper’s, October 2015. full article


The Allure of the Prison Break

(About the escape of two inmates from New York’s Clinton prison.) New York Times, June 27, 2015. full article


The Dispossessed

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson. New York Times Book Review, October 17, 2014. full article


This Is How We Roll

(Taking my son on an unavoidable adventure.) Outside, July 2014. full article


The Way of All Flesh

(Cover story about two months spent as a USDA meat inspector.) Harper’s Magazine, May 2013. full article


A Snitch’s Dilemma

(Cover story about Alex White, a snitch for the Atlanta police who tried to do the right thing.) The New York Times Magazine, June 29, 2012. full article


Slipping From Shangri-La

(teenagers leave an isolated valley in Ladakh via the only winter road, a frozen river) Virginia Quarterly Review, Spring, 2009. full article


The Checkpoint

(both sides of the control of roads in the West Bank) The Atlantic, March, 2006. full article


Backstage Man

(an appreciation of Stanley Booth’s The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones) Columbia Journalism Review, January/February 2006. full article


Force of Habit

Blue Blood, by Edward Conlon. New York Times Book Review, April 18, 2004. full article


A Soul That Won’t Heal

The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams: A Memoir, by Nasdijj*. New York Times Book Review, October 15, 2000. full article
*(It turns out that the author of this book, Nasdijj, was a fake. See the article, “Navahoax,” in the L.A. Weekly.)


Guarding Sing Sing

(“A firsthand account of the dysfunctional relationship between guards and inmates”) New Yorker, April 3, 2000. full article


The Orchid Thief, by Susan Orlean.

New York Times Book Review, January 3, 1999. full article


Looking for Poppa’s Alaska

(“Eighty years ago his grandfather set out to explore uncharted land on horseback. Then the horses ran off. Ted Conover and his father attempt to wrestle the same route.”) Travel & Leisure, July, 1997. full article



(a hatchet murderer turned software entrepreneur struggles to overcome his past) Wired, August, 1996 full article


Christie Picks a Mother

(a single mom with AIDS resolves to line up her replacement before she dies) New York Times Magazine, May 8, 1994. full article


Trucking Through the AIDS Belt

(five weeks across East Africa with truck drivers at the center of the pandemic) New Yorker, August 16, 1993. full article