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ARTICLE

The Way of All Flesh

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

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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

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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.

BOOK REVIEW

Siberian Rhapsody

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

BOOK REVIEW

Noises Off

Zero Decibels, The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want, and In Pursuit of Silence.The New York Times Book Review, May 30, 2010. full article

BOOK REVIEW

Human Traffic

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

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

First You Fall

(learning to snowboard) Travel & Leisure, March, 1995. full article

OBITUARY

Eve in the Garden of Aspen

(an appreciation of the First Lady of Aspen) New York Times Magazine, January 1, 1995. full article

ARTICLE

Cowboy Christmas

(twenty-four hours with rodeo cowboys in Utah and Montana). full article and

Learning the Ropes

(a personal passage through bareback riding school). full article Travel & Leisure, July, 1994.

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

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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