An Identity Politics Where ‘Victims’ Vanquish Others | The New York Times

The NYTimes’ Room for Debate recently posed this question: Is Criticism of Identity Politics Racist or Long Overdue? Some complain of being unfairly accused of bigotry. Others say discrimination needs to be directly addressed. I was invited to participate on the panel of debaters. Below is my contribution which you can also access here. The attack on political […]

Our Existing Trumpworld | Guernica

This piece took ten years to place. I first drafted some of the arguments found in my new piece, Trumpworld, in 2006 while I was working at The Washington Post.  Then, as now, political chatter centered on border security issues, an “invasion” via the U.S. Mexico border. Politicians and the press considered the function of the border […]

Taco Wars and Terrorist Cowboys | Washington Spectator

_ This piece seems to be increasingly relevant in this, ahem, interesting, election season. Earlier the year a “taco war” broke out between Austin and San Antonio after a clearly confused New York-based writer crowned Austin the home of the “breakfast taco.” The outbreak of rhetorical war contained much more than simply a dispute over a culinary […]

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Video: Postcard Becomes Mirror

In late January, I traveled to West Texas, to Terlingua, at the invitation of an innkeeper who offers space to writers and artists. As these things often do, the entire experience came together through a delicate mix of resolve and serendipity. A few weeks earlier I had been camping out at her coffeeshop, working after hours […]

Speaking Engagement: Power of Narrative

On April 2, at the Power of Narrative Conference in Boston, I will deliver a talk on External and Internal Landscape as it has to do with narrative journalism. Landscapes contains ideas and writings from the last decade of wandering, confusion, and questioning and, at times, anguish. I became aware of the internal landscape in 2005 after I landed in […]

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: The Media Consortium conference in Philly

On February 18, 2016, I will be speaking at the The Media Consortium‘s annual conference. The panel, “What Do freelancers Want” will cover, fees, contracts and the delicate dance of the editor-writer relationship. If you are in Philadelphia, drop by. If you are an independent journalist and unable to attend, send over your thoughts and insights to […]