Over the past fifteen years I've written for magazines such as Harper’s Magazine, GQ, Mother Jones, and the online journal Slate. Here are some of the highlights:
This story appeared in the Funny Pages, the New York Times Magazine’s old humor page. “My New Look” is about clothes, teaching and the clothes you wear while teaching. Download PDF
For a time I was the television critic for Slate. This review of The Fairly Oddparents contains a nice turn of phrase ("wish physics") and remains one of my better pieces of pop culture criticism.
By a stroke of luck I happened to be at Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura’s victory party at Canterbury Downs racetrack. The resulting Harper’s Magazine piece is the story that gave my start. Download PDF
For the Real World: Paris, MTV invited seven journalists from seven different publications to stay overnight at the Real World house. The idea was for us to get first-hand experience of what it’s like to be on a reality TV show. We did. Download PDF
HEAD CASE is a mash-up of science journalism, memoir, personal essay and humor. I spent two years attending neuroscience conferences, visiting researchers in their labs, and subjecting my tender brain to fMRI scans and other experiments. During this time I also revisited my relationship with my mentally ill, drug-addicted stepfather, became a father myself, and came to the realization that even if you wrote the perfect brain joke nobody wanted to hear it. There are brief moments where all of the book's disparate elements come together, but on the whole the book is less than the sum of its parts. You’re more than welcome to give it a read, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.