MURDER IN PARADISE — October 18, 2019
A trip to the Galapagos reveals a bizarre sequence of events that unfolded there between 1929 and 1934—including a birth in a pirate cave, possibly poisoned boiled chicken, and a series of deaths and disappearances that look a lot like murder.
Literary Hub – The Baroness and the Bohemians
ELVIS AND GLADYS — October 14, 2014
Essay in the collection The Who, the What, and the When, an inventory of the sidekicks behind a wide range of cultural icons—in this case Gladys Presley, who inspired her son to create a sound that would change pop music decisively. Illustration by Rachael Cole.
Essay (scroll to middle of page) and book spread (PDF)
“FOLLOW THE LIGHT, COME TO MY VOICE”
— September 5, 2011
After Chris Hadej safely made it down from the 82nd floor of the World Trade Center, the first tower collapsed and everything around him went dark. “I thought: So this is what death looks like?”
NRC – Ten years after 9/11 (PDF)
NUNS, DOGS & ELVES — May 11, 2011
Laurie Anderson tells stories about “things the way they are, not how they could or should be.” Her muse is Lolabelle, her recently deceased terrier.
Groene – Laurie Anderson (PDF)
“HAPPINESS MEANS MONEY”
— September 9. 2009
A new book tells the stories of sex workers in their own words. “The next taboo in our culture is sex for money,” says David Sterry, the former rent boy who edited the book.
Daily Beast – Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys
“ELITES HAVE ALWAYS PROTECTED THEMSELVES”
— August 8, 2009
Gillian Tett’s new book, Fool’s Gold, offers an anthropologist’s perspective to the financial sector, whose tribal instincts Tett holds responsible for the collapse of the global economy.
Daily Beast – An Anthropologist’s View on Banking