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OP-ED

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

ARTICLE

From Gitmo to an American Supermax, the Horrors of Solitary Confinement

(Punitive isolation at Guantánamo, and where we got the idea.) Vanity Fair, January 2015. full article

BOOK REVIEW

The Dispossessed

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

ARTICLE

This Is How We Roll

(Teaching my son the family business—trainhopping.) Outside, July 2014. full article

ARTICLE

The Way of All Flesh

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

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

ARTICLE

The Fair Ophelia

(profile of Ophelia Dahl, the co-founder of Partners in Health and daughter of Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal) Kindle Single (99¢), via amazon.comAlso available at Byliner.

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

ARTICLE

The Checkpoint

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

ESSAY

Backstage Man

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

BOOK REVIEW

Force of Habit

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

BOOK REVIEW

Guided Tours of Hell

Seek: Reports From the Edges of America and Beyond, by Denis Johnson. New York Times Book Review, June 17, 2001. full article

BOOK REVIEW

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.)

ARTICLE

Guarding Sing Sing

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

BOOK REVIEW

The Orchid Thief, by Susan Orlean.

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

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

ARTICLE

Hacking

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

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

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