HIGHLIGHTS FROM
THE ARCHIVES


Whatsoever Things Are True

The Atavist Magazine / October 2015

Thirty-three years ago, a Chicago man was sentenced to death for a double murder on the city's South Side. In 1999, another man confessed to the crimes. Why are both men now free? 

 

The Wreck of Amtrak 188

THE New York Times Magazine / Feb 2016

What caused the worst American rail disaster in decades? 

 

The Orthodox Hit Squad

GQ / SEPT 2014

Under Jewish law, a woman who wants out of her marriage can’t just call 1-800-DIVORCE. The man has to initiate. And sometimes he needs a little… persuasion.

 

‘The Media Doesn’t Care What Happens Here'

THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE / FEB 2015

Can amateur journalism bring justice to Rio’s favelas?

 

Sneaker Wars

GQ / Sept 2015

Inside the battle between Adidas and Nike. 

 

The Sinking of the Bounty

THE ATAVIST MAGAZINE / FEB 2013

The story of a tragic shipwreck and its aftermath. A finalist for a National Magazine Award in Reporting and a Livingston Award for Young Journalists. Anthologized in Best American Magazine Writing 2014. 

 

A Monster Among the Frum

NEW YORK MAGAZINE / DEC 2011

The hunt for the killer of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky.

 

The Story is Their Lives

The New Republic / Oct 2013

Covering the war in Syria is becoming increasingly dangerous for professional journalists. That’s where these guys come in. A dispatch from the makeshift media capital of the Middle East.

 

Bangkok Prison Blood Sport

Men’s Journal / Apr 2014

Killers, armed robbers, and drug dealers in Thailand’s notorious Klong Prem prison have one shot at honor, money, and maybe even freedom – fighting Western pros in jail-yard matches.

 

Dragonslayer

FORTUNE MAGAZINE / APR 2013

Ilya Zhitomirskiy was supposed to be the next Mark Zuckerberg. He had the startup, the crowdfunding, the loyal following. And then everything fell apart.

 

Cinderella Story

SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE / FEB 2015

In the remote reaches of Russia’s Far East, an orphaned female tiger is the test case in an effort to save one of the most endangered animals on earth.

 

Inside the Secret World of Stolen Smartphones

WIRED MAGAZINE / JAN 2015

From multinational cartels to credit-muling schemes, smartphone theft is on the rise. Can it ever be stopped?

 

Winds of Change at Dyson

Fast Company / October 2015

Can the pioneering vacuum-cleaner maker transform itself into a full-blown tech company? An exclusive look inside the house that suction built. 

 

Reddit in the Flesh 

New York Magazine / Jul 2012

An afternoon in the park with the true believers of the web's most influential community. 

 

The Boss Stops Here

NEW YORK MAGAZINE / JUN 2013

A nonhierarchical workplace may just be a more creative and happier one. But how would you feel if the whole office voted on whether to hire you—and when to give you a raise?

 

A Shtetl Divided

Harper’s Magazine / Jan 2011

Brawling Hasidim, Messianic vigilantes, and the fight for the soul of Jewish Brooklyn.

 

The Controversial Afterlife of King Tut

SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE / DEC 2014

A frenzy of conflicting scientific analyses have made the famous pharaoh more mysterious than ever. 

 

Abercrombie Loses Its Shirt

New York Magazine / Feb 2014

No one knew teenagers like Abercrombie and its eccentric CEO, Mike Jeffries. But taste can be so fickle.

 

This is What $90 Million Looks Like

New York Magazine / Oct 2012

Will One57 become the tallest ghost town in the world?

 

 

SELECTED
ShortS


68 MINUTES WITH MATT TAIBBI
NEW YORK MAGAZINE / APR 2014

Raging against hacks with the muckraker turned magazine-maker.
 

134 MINUTES WITH FRANK SERPICO
NEW YORK MAGAZINE / SEP 2013

A Hudson stroll with the NYPD’s most famous whistle-blower and aging Casanova.
 

91 MINUTES WITH DAVID MILIBAND
NEW YORK MAGAZINE / SEP 2013

The Parliamentarian learns to blend into a crowd.
 

Sticky Business
New York Magazine / Feb 2012

Building a better shame-delivery system.
 

Picture Day
New York Magazine / Nov 2012

How a Chabad class picture gets made.
 

SURVIVOR, LAST PULLED OUT
NEW YORK MAGAZINE / SEP 2011

An entry in an ASME-winning 9/11 encyclopedia.
 

The Renegade Jew
New York Magazine / Dec 2012

Meet David Lawrence, a white, middle-aged, resolutely right-wing Republican ex-convict with a killer right hook, a fancy apartment on the Upper East Side, barely any cash in the bank, a doctorate in literature from CUNY, three hip-hop albums, and five books of poetry under his belt. From the 2012 Reasons to Love New York issue.
 

Ponce De Leon Never Searched for the Fountain of Youth
Smithsonian Magazine / Jun 2013

How did this myth about the Spanish explorer even get its start?
 

Dead Books Club
New York Magazine / Aug 2012

Pulping’s history.
 

Fowl Thoughts
New York Magazine / Apr 2011

Saving Prospect Park’s geese, preemptively.
 

Bull’s Best Friend
New York Magazine / Jan 2012

Lorax for a loaded symbol.
 

Finding Mud to Sling
The Daily / Mar 2012

The dirt you heard about your favorite politician didn’t just fall from the sky.

 

 

Book Reviews And Essays


The King’s Messenger, by David B. Ottaway
The Washington Post, May 2009

The Informers, by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Bookforum, September 2009

Chasing the Rising Sun, by Ted Anthony
The Los Angeles Times, June 2007

The Long Goodbye, by Meghan O’Rourke
Bookforum, April 2011

Human Specimen
The life and times of Ota Benga, resident of the Bronx Zoo.
The Daily, December 2011

Scott and Hem
Inside a famous friendship.
The Los Angeles Times, June 2009

The Provocateur
How should we read Knut Hamsun?
The Los Angeles Times, October 2009

The Long War
The trials and tribulations of the German writer Hans Fallada.
Tablet, February 2009

Kill Screen
Are hyperrealistic military games driving home the reality of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, or simply exploiting them?
Foreign Policy, October 2010

Die, Pitchfork, Die! 
The music site that everyone loves to hate.
Slate, November 2006

The Quest for the Perfect Video Game Face
Crossing the uncanny valley, slowly.
Salon, February 2008

 

 

Archived Features


Agents of Change
Meet the two guys who are about to blow up Washington’s book industry.
Washingtonian, February 2015

Never Stop
The creative life and untimely death of Ace Hotel founder Alexander Calderwood.
Fast Company, August 2014

Never Full
Knocking back sliders with competitive eater Miki Sudo. 
Mental Floss, August 2014

The Yogurt That Ate New York
The unlikely rebirth of a dairy town in the dumps.
New York Magazine, September 2013

The Republic of Red Hook
Sandy hit hard. But neighborliness is waterproof. A feature-length entry in the 2012 Reasons to Love New York issue.
New York Magazine, December 2012

The Rise of Northside
How the eight-day, multi-venue music festival whistled past the ‘graveyard.’
New York Magazine, June 2013

Not Quite Copenhagen
Inside the bike lane wars.
New York Magazine, March 2011

The Lawsuit(s) Against Law Schools
Disgruntled lawyers take to the courts.
New York Magazine, March 2012

The Zuckerbergs of Dobbs Ferry
The social network did not fall far from the tree.
New York Magazine, May 2012

Cage Match
The science of fighting.
Popular Science, August 2012

The Detectives’ Lunch Club
When cops hit a dead end and a case goes cold, there’s just one dining club to turn to.
Mental Floss, May 2013