Articles

“The Way of All Flesh” (about two months as a USDA meat inspector), Harper’s Magazine, May 2013.

“A Snitch’s Dilemma” (about Atlanta police snitch Alex White), The New York Times Magazine, June 29, 2012.

“The Fair Ophelia” (A profile of Ophelia Dahl, the co-founder of Partners in Health and daughter of author Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal.)
Kindle Singles September 27, 2011.

“The Pathetic Newburgh Four” (Should the FBI really be baiting sad-sack homegrown terrorists?)
Slate.com, November 23, 2010.

“Slipping From Shangri-La,” Virginia Quarterly Review, Spring, 2009 (about an isolated valley in Ladakh).

“Wild Things” (about a trip to the Peruvian Amazon), Travel & Leisure Family, September/October 2006.

“Capitalist Roaders” (about cars and roads in China ), The New York Times Magazine, July 2, 2006.

“The Checkpoint” (about the West Bank ), The Atlantic, March, 2006.

“Backstage Man” (about Stanley Booth’s The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones), Columbia Journalism Review, January/February 2006.

“Get Lost” (about driving and GPS navigation), New York Times Op-Ed page, December 14, 2005.

“My Life as a Guard” (about the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse in Iraq), New York Times Op-Ed page, May 7, 2004.

“Animal Magnetism” (Galápagos Islands), Travel & Leisure Family, Spring/Summer, 2004.

“Ministering to the Enemy” (essay), The New York Times Magazine, October 12, 2003.

“Prisoners of Hate” (about the murder of defrocked priest John Geoghan), New York Times Op-Ed Page, August 28, 2003.

“In the Land of Guantánamo,” New York Times Magazine, June 29, 2003.

“Peru’s Long Haul: Highway to Riches or Ruin?” National Geographic, June, 2003.

“The Points That Prisoners Can Make” (essay accompanying photographs of shanks), New York Times Magazine, July 21, 2002.

“Behind Bars with 1,000 Male Convicts” (about a female corrections sergeant), New York Times Magazine, September 9, 2001.

“Cry For Me” (Bariloche, Argentina), Gourmet, May, 2001.

“Costa Azul: Gringos in Paradise,” Travel & Leisure Family, Winter, 2001.

“Guarding Sing Sing,” The New Yorker, April 3, 2000.

“Shifting Sands” (about Saudi Arabia), Travel & Leisure, March 2000.

“Kadi Diallo’s Trial,” New York Times Magazine, January 9, 2000.

“The Last Nanny,” New York Times Magazine, November 30, 1997.

“Winging It” (falconry school), Travel & Leisure, September, 1997.

“Looking for Poppa’s Alaska,” Travel & Leisure, July, 1997.

“Border Vigilantes,” New York Times Magazine, May 11, 1997.

“Truth & Betrayal in the Editing Room,” New York Times Magazine, March 30, 1997.

“Hacking” (about a hatchet murderer turned software entrepreneur), Wired, August, 1996; reprinted in Minnesota Monthly, in two parts, under “Making a Killing,” September and October, 1996. (Won Minnesota Press Association award for best feature writing, 1996).

“Great Lakes,” Travel & Leisure, August, 1996.

“Out of the Blue” (Cousteau Fiji Island Resort), Travel & Leisure, February, 1996.

“First You Fall” (learning to snowboard), Travel & Leisure, March, 1995.

“The Long Road to Timbuktu,” Travel & Leisure, February, 1995.

“Eve in the Garden of Aspen,” New York Times Magazine, January 1, 1995. (Anthologized in The Last World: The New York Times Book of Obituaries and Farewells, Morrow, 1997).

“Ski Buff,” Rocky Mountain Magazine, Winter, 1995.

“The World In Between” (a journey along the Texas-Mexico border), Outside, December, 1994.

“Skiing, Incorporated” Rocky Mountain Magazine, Fall/Winter, 1994.

“Hey, Mom, Can We Go Through Customs Again?” Rocky Mountain Magazine, Fall/Winter, 1994.

“Cowboy Christmas” (rodeo cowboys in Utah and Montana), Travel & Leisure, July, 1994. Won Lowell Thomas travel writing award. Reprinted in Grand Tour: The Journal of Travel Writing, Winter, 1997.

“Learning the Ropes” (a passage through bareback riding school). Travel & Leisure, July, 1994. Won Lowell Thomas travel writing award. Reprinted in Grand Tour: The Journal of Travel Writing, Winter, 1997.

“How Much Is That Marmot in the Window?” Rocky Mountain Magazine, Summer, 1994.

“Christy Picks a Mother,” New York Times Magazine, May 8, 1994.

“Hot Wheels in the Canyon” (mountain biking in Canyonlands), Travel & Leisure, May 1994.

“United States of Asylum,” New York Times Magazine, September 19, 1993.

“Trucking Through the AIDS Belt,” New Yorker, August 16, 1993, reprinted in Best American Essays 1994, ed. Kidder and Atwan (Houghton-Mifflin, 1995), and Literary Journalism, ed. Sims and Singer (Ballantine, 1995).

“Urethane Love” (Camp Rollerblade), Outside, July, 1992.

“Mysore Butt” (mountain biking in India), Gentleman’s Quarterly, December, 1991.

“Domestic Diplomacy” (Henry & Jessica Catto), House & Garden, March, 1991.

“Falling for Zimbabwe” (Victoria Falls Hotel), House & Garden, December, 1990.

“They Fly Horses, Don’t They?” Sunday Herald Colour Magazine (Melbourne, Australia), October, 1989; reprinted in Diversions, March 1997, and Grand Tour: The Journal of Travel Writing, Spring, 1996.

“The Biggest Chill of All” (reunion of 70s dope smugglers), Smart, July-August, 1989.

“Nuclear Protest, By the Book” (Marilynne Robinson’s Mother Country), Outside, June, 1989.

“Welcome to the Pit” (portrait of the desert mining town of Trona), California Magazine, February, 1989.

“The Aspen Idea and the Fate of the Meadows,” Aspen Magazine, Summer, 1988.

“Latin America Face to Face,” Washington Post, May 17, 1987.

“A Cooperative Without Borders,” Grassroots Development, Vol. 9, 1985.

“Busing Without Tears” (court-ordered desegregation of my high school), Denver Magazine, December, 1981.

“Busted in Boomtown” (hoboes), Denver Magazine, November, 1981.

“Finishing” (the final hour of my coast-to-coast bike tour), Bicycling, May, 1981.

“A Morning With Pops” (California hobo), Amherst, Winter, 1981.

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Reviews

Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight, By Timothy Pachirat, The Nation, February 7, 2012

Travels in Siberia, by Ian Frazier. Columbia Journalism Review, November/December 2010.

Zero Decibels, The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want, and In Pursuit of Silence, three books about noise pollution. The New York Times Book Review, May 30, 2010.

The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream, by Patrick Radden Keefe. The Nation, January 4, 2010.

Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets, by Sudhir Venkatesh. The Nation, February 4, 2008.

Oil on the Brain: Adventures From the Pump to the Pipeline, by Lisa Margonelli. The New York Times Book Review, March 11, 2007.

Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse, By Steve Bogira, The New York Times Book Review, May 1, 2005

Blue Blood, By Edward Conlon, The New York Times Book Review, April 9, 2004

Seek: Reports from The Edges of America and Beyond, By Denis Johnson, The New York Times Book Review, June 17, 2001

The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams: A Memoir, By Nasdijj, The New York Times Book Review, October 15, 2000

The Orchid Thief, By Susan Orlean, The New York Times Book Review, January 3, 1999

Travel Roundup, The New York Times Book Review, May 31, 1998

Pass the Butterworms: Remote Journeys Oddly Rendered, By Tim Cahill, The New York Times Book Review, March 23, 1997

Travel Roundup, The New York Times Book Review, June 11, 1995

The Invisible Women of Washington, by Diana G. Collier, Bloomsbury Review, September, 1991.

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Introductions and Forewords

True Stories: A Century of Literary Journalism, by Norman Sims, Medill Visions of the American Press, 2008. [foreword]

The Sparkling-Eyed Boy: A Memoir of Love, Grown-Up, by Amy Benson, Houghton-Mifflin, 2004. [introduction]

Hard Time: Voices from a State Prison, 1849-1914, ed. Ted Genoways, Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002. [foreword]

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