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WRITING

 

Two books, lots of other stories.

 

 

The Not-Quite States of America

 

  • PUBLISHED: Coming 2017 from W.W. Norton
  • SYNOPSIS: A tour of the US territories and their role in American history.
  • PLACES FEATURED: US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.
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Europe on Five Wrong Turns a Day

 

  • PUBLISHED: 2012 by Perigee Books/ Penguin
  • SYNOPSIS: My attempt to tour present-day Europe with a 1960s guidebook.
  • PLACES FEATURED: Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, and Spain.
  • READ MORE

 

PUBLICATIONS INCLUDE

Travel + Leisure  /  National Geographic Traveler  /  Newsday  /  Conde Nast Traveler's Daily Traveler blog  /  San Francisco Chronicle  /  Minneapolis Star Tribune  /  WorldHum.com  /  Onion AV Club  /  The Morning News  /  AOL Travel  /  Vita.mn  /  South Florida Sun-Sentinel  /  American Lifestyle  /  American Bungalow  /  A Moveable Feast: Life-Changing Food Adventures Around the World (Lonely Planet anthology, 2010)

 

SOME OF MY FAVORITE STORIES

 

Go Your Own Way for The Morning News

TOPIC: Social history of travel guides

NOTES: "Notable Selection" for Best American Travel Writing and Best American Essays

 

The Real Me for The Morning News

TOPIC: Dating in the Google era (and how my wife and I fell in love)

 

The Old Ba' Game for The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

TOPIC: A remote Scottish island and its rugby-meets-riot traditional game

NOTES: My first feature story

 

Seven Travel Rules from a Brooding Teenager for World Hum

TOPIC: Getting lost in rural Scotland

 

The Deep-Fried Bliss of the State Fair for Newsday

TOPICS: Notes from the nation's three largest State Fairs (Iowa, Texas, Minnesota)

 

 

Confessions of a Chicken Man for World Hum

TOPICS: My culinary squeamishness when traveling (I've gotten somewhat more bold since I wrote this)

NOTES: My first published piece

 

An Open Letter to the GOP from a Guy With a Gaping Hole in His Side for my own blog

TOPIC: Why I love Obamacare

NOTES: It's messy and too long, but this is the most intensely personal thing I've written

 

The Anne Frank House and the Jaded Backpacker for The San Francisco Chronicle

TOPICS: (You can probably guess)

 

Not-So-Flattering Views of Famous Landmarks for World Hum

TOPICS: Audio slideshow of prominent places and their surrounding context

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS INCLUDE

Travel + Leisure  /  National Geographic Traveler  /  Newsday  /  Conde Nast Traveler's Daily Traveler blog  /  San Francisco Chronicle  /  Minneapolis Star Tribune  /  WorldHum.com  /  Onion AV Club  /  The Morning News  /  AOL Travel  /  Vita.mn  /  South Florida Sun-Sentinel  /  American Lifestyle  /  American Bungalow  /  A Moveable Feast: Life-Changing Food Adventures Around the World (Lonely Planet anthology, 2010)

 

SOME OF MY FAVORITE STORIES

 

Go Your Own Way for The Morning News

TOPIC: Social history of travel guides

NOTES: "Notable Selection" for Best American Travel Writing and Best American Essays

 

The Real Me for The Morning News

TOPIC: Dating in the Google era (and how my wife and I fell in love)

 

The Old Ba' Game for The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

TOPIC: A remote Scottish island and its rugby-meets-riot traditional game.

NOTES: My first feature story

 

Seven Travel Rules from a Brooding Teenager for World Hum

TOPIC: Getting lost in rural Scotland

 

The Deep-Fried Bliss of the State Fair for Newsday

TOPICS: Notes from the nation's three largest State Fairs (Iowa, Texas, Minnesota)

 

Confessions of a Chicken Man for World Hum

TOPICS: My culinary squeamishness when traveling (I've gotten somewhat more bold since I wrote this)

NOTES: My first published piece

 

An Open Letter to the GOP from a Guy With a Gaping Hole in His Side for my own blog

TOPIC: Why I love Obamacare

NOTES: It's messy and too long, but this is the most intensely personal thing I've written

 

The Anne Frank House and the Jaded Backpacker for The San Francisco Chronicle

TOPICS: (You can probably guess)

 

Not-So-Flattering Views of Famous Landmarks for World Hum

TOPICS: Audio slideshow of prominent places and their surrounding context

 

The Not-Quite States of America

 

PUBLISHED: Coming 2017 from W.W. Norton

SYNOPSIS: A tour of the US territories and their role in American history.

PLACES FEATURED: US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

READ MORE

Europe on Five Wrong Turns a Day

PUBLISHED: 2012 by Perigee Books/ Penguin

SYNOPSIS: My attempt to tour present-day Europe with a 1960s guidebook.

PLACES FEATURED: Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, and Spain.

READ MORE

 

PUBLICATIONS INCLUDE

Travel + Leisure  /  National Geographic Traveler  /  Newsday  /  Conde Nast Traveler's Daily Traveler blog  /  San Francisco Chronicle  /  Minneapolis Star Tribune  /  WorldHum.com  /  Onion AV Club  /  The Morning News  /  AOL Travel  /  Vita.mn  /  South Florida Sun-Sentinel  /  American Lifestyle  /  American Bungalow  /  A Moveable Feast: Life-Changing Food Adventures Around the World (Lonely Planet anthology, 2010)

 

SOME OF MY FAVORITE STORIES

 

Go Your Own Way for The Morning News

TOPIC: Social history of travel guides

NOTES: "Notable Selection" for Best American Travel Writing and Best American Essays

 

The Real Me for The Morning News

TOPIC: Dating in the Google era (and how my wife and I fell in love)

 

The Old Ba' Game for The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

TOPIC: A remote Scottish island and its rugby-meets-riot traditional game.

NOTES: My first feature story

 

Seven Travel Rules from a Brooding Teenager for World Hum

TOPIC: Getting lost in rural Scotland

 

The Deep-Fried Bliss of the State Fair for Newsday

TOPICS: Notes from the nation's three largest State Fairs (Iowa, Texas, Minnesota)

 

Confessions of a Chicken Man for World Hum

TOPICS: My culinary squeamishness when traveling (I've gotten somewhat more bold since I wrote this)

NOTES: My first published piece

 

An Open Letter to the GOP from a Guy With a Gaping Hole in His Side for my own blog

TOPIC: Why I love Obamacare

NOTES: It's messy and too long, but this is the most intensely personal thing I've written

 

The Anne Frank House and the Jaded Backpacker for The San Francisco Chronicle

TOPICS: (You can probably guess)

 

Not-So-Flattering Views of Famous Landmarks for World Hum

TOPICS: Audio slideshow of prominent places and their surrounding context

 

 

WRITING

 

Two books, lots of other stories.

 

 

 

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