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Selected Works

From the Chicago Reader


We need the Read/Write Library now more than ever (January 11, 2017)

Pussy Grabs Back (October 20, 2016)

Sonali Dev's Bollywood happily ever afters (September 22, 2016)

At Profiles Theatre the drama—and abuse—is real (June 8, 2016)

'What We Carried' tells the stories of Iraqi refugees through objects (January 27, 2016)

David Bowie's best work of art was himself (January 11, 2016)

What is midwestern cuisine? (October 15, 2015)

The University of Chicago's message to the class of 2019: Don't be a rapist (September 25, 2015)

Going beyond bronies at the My Little Pony Fair (July 1, 2015)

Kate Bolick's new book surveys the past, present, and future of the unmarried woman 
​(May 14, 2015) 

Is Single, Carefree, Mellow Literature or chick lit? (February 19, 2015)

People Issue 2014: Stanley and Josephine Lyskanowski, the survivors (December 11, 2014)

The Greatest Ever Chicago Book Tournament (started November 19, 2014; concluded
April 16, 2015)

How can the Millers follow up on Bang Bang Pie? By making their own flour (November 13, 2014)

"Forbidden Art" reminded concentration camp prisoners they were human (October 27, 2014)

Patti Smith discusses art, remembrance, and detective shows  (October 27, 2014)

How a mysterious box of photos sent an Evanston couple halfway around the world (August 27, 2014)

Charlotte Salomon's Life? Or Theater?: Painting for her life, literally (June 27, 2014)

Making art out of the data of everyday life (June 14, 2014)

The twilight of Freddy the Beard (April 30, 2014)

Paradiso Blekitna Przystan is the sexiest dog in Chicago (March 26, 2014)

The folk-song army's attack on Inside Llewyn Davis (January 17, 2014)

Cubs mascots: A dark and tragic history (January 15, 2014)

A tale of two minstrel shows (December 17, 2013)

What happened when my dog watched DogTV (October 9, 2013)

The migration of the hipster: A Chicago history, 1898-present (October 2, 2013)

Napoleon is dynamite (July 3, 2013)

"This is not a Holocaust story, this is a war story": The life of Hannah Senesh (May 21, 2013)

Howard Goldblatt's life in translation (April 11, 2013)


From the Riverfront Times


Heaven Can't Wait: A skeptic's guide to afterlife awareness​ (July 11, 2013)

She Flies Through the Air With the Greatest of Ease: Meet St. Louis's Own Elliana Grace, Human Cannonball (March 21, 2013)

Hold the Phono: If you meet three fellows from Ferguson who happen to mention they've got tons of old 78s, they ain't kidding (November 15, 2012)

The Electric Pencil: A long-lost cache of sketches by a state mental hospital inmate finally yields up some of its secrets (September 14, 2012)

Where You Should've Gone to High School (February 16, 2012)

Little House in the Present: America's economic downturns run through Laura Ingalls Wilder's books like a big three-hearted river (November 24, 2011) *

Washington University professor Paul Shaw is cracking the mysteries of sleep (October 13, 2011)

Bye-Bye, Bob: St. Louis native Bob Cassilly's genius knew no bounds (October 6, 2011)

Band of Bookstores: Facing extinction, indies unite to show us everything they bring to St. Louis that Amazon can't (March 17, 2011)

Dr. Peanut: A St. Louis pediatrician battles malnutrition in Haiti with peanut butter (June 30, 2010) **

The End of Cooking for My Cat (June 22, 2010)

Moon Lady: The long, wondrous life of Lucia Pamela (March 10, 2010)

Mount My Squirrel! Local taxidermist Rick Nadeau has a lot of fun with his "little buddies" (August 12, 2009)

Where's the Beef?: Has Allison Burgess created fad food, faux food—or a groundbreaking meat substitute? (July 1, 2009)

Moonflower Resurrection: Jetta Carlton's long-forgotten bestseller about the secret desires of a Missouri family blooms again (May 13, 2009)

Death Watch: Final Exit's clandestine ways have put the assisted-suicide network on life support (April 8, 2009) ***

The It Girls: The next supermodel may be coming from a high school near you (September 10, 2008)

His Kingdom for a Mini Horse: The equine quest of Sir Kwain of Webster Groves (July 23, 2008)

The Death of Father Kaiser (October 24, 2007)



* Notable, Best American Essays 2012

​** Winner, National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence, News-International, 2011

​*** Notable, ​Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010

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