”Why Yahya Abdul-Manteen II is the Actor to Know This Fall” WSJ Magazine | or how chess moves pave the way for career moves

”The $60 Gadget That’s Changing Electronic Music” NYT Magazine | a little synth and a weird Swedish company

”Separation Anxiety” Popular Science | the story of a very special, hard working, exploding space bolt

”The Life and Death of Grimes” WSJ Magazine | a profile of the artist Claire Boucher, aka c, aka Grimes, aka Elon Musk’s girlfriend

”Comeback Kid” The New York Times Magazine | on Sharon Van Etten’s new sound, new album, new life

”Nonny de la Peña” WSJ Magazine | a profile of a virtual reality pioneer

"The Incredible Shrinking Airplane" Popular Science | why, as airplanes get larger and larger, do they feel smaller and smaller?

"Can mussels be the sustainable snack that saves the ocean?" Fast Company | a trip to an offshore mussel farm

"The Little Pepper That Could" Eater | on the often overlooked and under appreciated excellence of the Fresno chile 

"Saving Lives in the San Gabriel Mountains" Medium | on volunteer rescuers, and what we owe each other

"Out of My Head" The New York Times Magazine | on Charli XCX's particular position in pop 

"Why Pop-Ups Are Popping Off" GQ | on temporary restaurants, temporary spaces, impermanent economies

"Can Humans Survive on Water Vapor Alone?" Wired | a drive through the desert with a hydropanel strapped to pickup bed

"Letter of Recommendation: Bushnell Trophy Cam" The New York Times Magazine | on wild critters, at night, in our yard

"The Desperate Search for the Next Great American Idea" Fortune | on invention, economics, and the importance of equal opportunity

"The Accent Whisperers of Hollywood" The New York Times Magazine | on a dialect coach, her work, and how to sound American 

"The Tears of Rose-Lynn Fisher" Southwest The Magazine | an artist photographs her tears under a microscope

"The Scarily Profitable Hits of Jason Blum" The New York Times Magazine | on a horror movie producer's arthouse approach 

"Long Way Home" The Virginia Quarterly Review | my ten year correspondence with a solitary sailor
+ a translation of this story appeared in Courrier Japon

"Barok Main" The New York Times Magazine | on the composers Mica Levi and Oliver Coates

"Letter of Recommendation: Not Breathing" The New York Times Magazine | on the meditative benefits of apnea, or freediving

"The Best Trekking Poles" Wirecutter | a review; also on walking and falling

"Chekhov-Saunders Humanity Kit" Longreads | a series of essays about Chekhov's short stories, plus: a conversation

"Adventure Man" The Awl | on settling 

"The Air Keeps It Interesting" The Virginia Quarterly Review | about a trip on a blimp

"The Cancer Almanac" The New York Times Magazine | classifying cancers (nominated for a National Magazine Award)

"All Queens Must Die" The Verge | on an ant eradication, invasive species, and islands  

"Mysterious American Cat" The Virginia Quarterly Review | on mountain lions among us

"How I rented a piece of a river in a never-ending western drought" The Guardian | on owning a right to water in the West
+ radio versions "How Water is Bought and Sold" & "He Bought the Water"

"Full Metal Racket" The New Republic | on the problem of noise in the military  

"Inside Helder the Magician's Memory Palace" Mel Magazine | on magic and memory, real and not

"The Beef With Feedlots" TakePart | on cattle ranching in the Sierra foothills, and grass

"Goodbye, L.A." Mel Magazine | reckoning with Los Angeles architecture after a major earthquake (a series)

"L.A. has a growing mansionization problem" The Los Angeles Times | on wastes of space 

"How viral video companies can turn pizza rats into boatloads of cash" The Guardian | on the new new content economy 

"The Unbelievable Reality of the Impossible Hyperloop" MIT Technology Review | on a transportation pipe dream





"The Rat Paths of New York" The New York Times Magazine | on the commuting habits of urban wildlife

"The Art of Escape" Longreads/Killscreen | on incarceration and video games 

"Why Am I Obsessed With a Cellphone Game About Collecting Cats?" The New York Times Magazine | on feline ownership

"On PCR, LSD, and Science as a Wild Ride" BOOM | on drugs, discovery, and DNA

"In Between Spaces" The Awl | on toothpicks and infrastructure 

"An Encounter with a Giant Kangaroo Rat" The New Yorker | a quest to find a strange rodent on a wild plain

"Disaster Management" The Awl | on prepping, and postponing

"Hammacher Schlemmer in the age of Google ads" The Los Angeles Times | a catalog appreciation 

"The Costly Objects of Our Affection" The Billfold | on trying to love what I buy

"Consider the 'For Your Consideration' Billboard" The New Yorker | on LA's surest season

"When Where You've Been Isn't On A Map" National Geographic | on the limits of reported geography

"Rdio's Death and How We Platform Now" Vanity Fair | on learning to love, then leave, in the digital age

"Waze and the Traffic Panopticon" The New Yorker | on addressing traffic from the bottom up

"Understanding Facebook's Lost Generation of Teens" Fast Company | on the kids, and how they're all right 





"Calling Art" The Virginia Quarterly Review | on Art Laboe, late night deejay legend

"Bill Nye Fights Back" Popular Science | on the Science Guy's return to public life

"The Woman Driving Patagonia To Be (even more) Radical" Fortune | on Rose Marcario, Patagonia CEO 

"Conner Goes to Hollywood" The Verge | on a YouTube star newly arrived out West 

"Why Are Angelenos Lining Up for Jessica Koslow's Food?" Bloomberg Pursuits | on the owner/chef of Sqirl

"Lyft's Search for a New Mode of Transport" MIT Technology Review | on Logan Green, Lyft CEO

"Can Billionaire Robert Bigelow Create A Life For Humans in Space?" Popular Science | on an inflatable spaceship entrepreneur

"Looking for Lynsi: On the Trail of In-N-Out’s Faith-Loving, Drag-Racing, Notoriously Reclusive President" New York | on an illusive heiress

"This 16-Year-Old Staten Islander Can Beat Anybody Up" New York | on Reshat Mati, fighting phenom





"Language Leakage: An Interview with Sarah Thomason" Paris Review

"Economists, Biologists and Skrillex on How To Predict the Future" The New York Times Magazine

"The New Making It" The New York Times Magazine | how artists forge careers today





"You Here for the Oculus Gang Bang, Too?" Matter | on virtual porn 

"William Finnegan surfs the meaning of his 'Barbarian Days' Los Angeles Times | a book review 

"The Great Big Question About Really Tiny Materials" Fortune | on nanomaterials

"How Sonos Built the Perfect Wireless Speaker" Bloomberg Businessweek | on sound, and vision

"Perfect Pitch" Howler/The Classical | on grass, a field crew, and soccer 

"Meet your next surgeon: Dr. Robot" Fortune | on robot-assisted surgery 

"The Science of Sour" California Sunday | on wild Belgian brews in Long Beach 

"Tesla Autopilot" MIT Technology Review | on driving a (sort of) self-driving car

"'Le Selfie'" The New York Times Magazine | on technology, and how it shapes language

"A Brief History of Failure" The New York Times Magazine | a timeline of failed technologies 

"Read This In Case of Emergency" Slate | a winter wilderness blitz through various survival guides 

Awl True Stories: The Bookie & Night Court & Lucky Louie (a dog story) & the Internet Terror Phone & a Slow Ride Around Yangon & the Toilet Man & the Lifespan of a Band & the Journalist and the Junta & a Crazy Tree in Brooklyn & a Morning in Isla Vista  
+A Walking Tour Through the Living Wreckage of Penn Station

"Have Packgoat, Will Travel" Modern Farmer | on goats that will carry things for you

Killscreen Archive 

Fortune Archive

The Atlantic Archive


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