I have a feature in the Spring issue of the Oxford American. It’s the longest thing I’ve ever published! It’s about a guy who at first seemed to be the hero of the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion… and who was then indicted on bomb-making charges. But there’s a lot more to it than that. Anyway, it’s not online yet, but I’m sure it will be eventually — but really, you should buy an actual physical copy of the magazine, because it’s beautiful.
Been doing some very fun radio interviews recently:
+on grassroots anti-drone activism in West Texas (KCRW/On Point)
More Guests, Empty Houses - on share-economy gentrification, in Slate
Lost and Found: May Sarton’s The House by the Sea - on living alone, in Tin House
Fire Bugs - on fire-fighter arsonists, in The Awl
Don’t Drone on Me - on grassroots anti-drone activism, in Texas Monthly
Common Ground: Brenda Stevenson’s The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins - on race riots, Trayvon Martin, and good victims, in the Los Angeles Review of Books
Betraying Gideon in Alpine, Texas - on small-town public defenders along the US/Mexico border, in Al Jazeera America
On Labor Day I drove to Midland/Odessa on a reporter-type mission. I’d never been there before, and it does indeed smell like oil. Those weird rural/industrial zones make me want to listen to the Misfits at top volume, for some reason.
In case you were wondering: I’m finishing up a piece on borderland public defenders (featuring my justice crush, Liz Rogers) for Al Jazeera America. Also on the horizon: haunted hotels; the LA race riots. Life is exciting.
House Ghosts - on gentrification, AIDS, and legally haunted houses, in The Awl
Tomorrow at 10 a.m. I’m interviewing Lannan writer Rebecca Curtis on KRTS, Marfa Public Radio. Listen here!
Fire School - on heroes, emergencies, and 10-foot high flames, in The Rumpus
Why Your Dinner Doesn’t Taste as Good as it Looked Online - on aesthetic conformity in food blogs, for Buzzfeed
If you come knocking on my Marfa door this month, I won’t be there — I’m in Berlin, the land of chocolate and cloudy mornings. Some upcoming things that are/will be exciting:
+I have a short piece going up soon (exact date TBA) on the Rumpus about going to fire school in rural Texas.
+I am interviewing Rebecca Curtis on Marfa Public Radio on May 31
The War on Murder - on Sharon Tate, Charles Manson, and the victims’ rights movement, in The Los Angeles Review of Books