Writing Portfolio

Here are some of my clips that are accessible online.


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“Finding Faith in Sukkot”

Personal essay

Published in Tablet Magazine

Michigan Alumni Club_shot“A Club in Every Corner”

Reported feature

Published in Michigan Alumnus Magazine

Spam“Our Spam Emails, Ourselves”

Researched essay

Published in JSTOR Daily

App State Image 1“Michigan Magic at App State”

Reported feature

Published in Michigan Alumnus Magazine

Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 2.08.00 PM“China Pearl”

Short story included in indie publisher Akashic Books’s online noir series, Mondays are Murder

Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 2.01.29 PMSummary and Analysis of Stiff by Mary Roach

E-book

Part of Open Road Integrated Media’s Worth Books short e-book series (2017)

“Why Fighters Stare at Each Other So Intensely at the Pre-Bout Weigh-In”

Article

Published in Atlas Obscura

 

Screen Shot 2016-12-08 at 2.35.46 PMSummary and Analysis of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

E-book

Part of Open Road Integrated Media’s Worth Books short e-book series (2016)

Screen Shot 2016-11-13 at 1.07.02 PM“Interview with a Bookstore: Asheville’s Legendary Malaprop’s”

Interview

Published in Literary Hub

Screen Shot 2016-10-27 at 10.58.52 PM“The Strange Story of Why Belize is Full of Chicago Cubs Fans”

Article

Published in Atlas Obscura. (I was interviewed about this story by Chicago news channel WGN; click here to see the clip.)

Amtrak“Confessions of an Under-60 Amtrak MasterCard Holder”

Article

Published in the Billfold

Other Adam Rosen“Meeting My Online Doppleganger”

Personal essay

Published in Michigan Alumnus Magazine

 

Golden Dawn“The World’s Most Dangerous Music”

Article

Published in Atlas Obscura

Trump“In the Age of Trump, What Does it Mean to be ‘Classy’?”

Reported essay

Published in the Wilson Quarterly

 

 

Forward_Tale_of_2_Jewish_Lawyers“A Tale of David Simon and Two Jewish Lawyers”

Personal essay

Published in the Forward

 

The Killing Kind“When the Hunters Get Hunted”

Book review of The Killing Kind by Chris Holm

Published in The Life Sentence

 

 

Canary by Duane Swierczynski“Start Snitching”

Book review of Canary by Duane Swierczynski

Published in The Life Sentence

 

 

Eustace Tilley“Pity the Poor, Unloved Elite”

Researched essay

Published in the Wilson Quarterly

 

 

LARB_Against_the_CountryWhen Going Back to the Land Goes Wrong”

Book review of Against the Country by Ben Metcalf

Published in the Los Angeles Review of Books

 

LARB_Gangsterland_v2“A Rabbi and a Hit Man Walk Into a Subdivision”

Book review of Gangsterland by Tod Goldberg

Published in the Los Angeles Review of Books

 

 

“The Rabbi Who Knew Too Much”

Reported essay on Harry Kemelman’s Rabbi Small mystery series on its 50th anniversary

Published in the Los Angeles Review of Books

 

 

“Should Gloriously Terrible Movies Like The Room Be Considered ‘Outsider Art’?”

Reported essay on the cult movie The Room and the book about its production, The Disaster Artist

Published in the Atlantic.com 

 

“Putting the Pulp in Pulp”

Essay on the history of pulp literature and its place in the movie Pulp Fiction. Taken from the book Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece by Jason Bailey (Voyageur Press, 2013).

 

“Death at a Farmer’s Market”

Short story included in indie publisher Akashic Books’s online noir series, Mondays are Murder

 

 

 

“Breakthrough Heinz Bottle Shoots Ketchup With Laser-Like Precision”

Onion Radio News clip (I wrote the joke!)

Produced by the Onion

 

 

“LaZoom Through Asheville

Reported feature

Published in the Asheville Post

 

 

“Dirty Deals in American History”

Front of book feature

Published in Mental Floss

“‘Nerd’ is the Word”

Blog feature

Published in the OUPblog, Oxford University Press’s blog

 

 

“Who’s Afraid of Lana Del Rey?”

Essay

Published in the Awl. (This piece was mentioned by NPR and CNN.)

 

“Focus On: The Blues”

Researched photo essay on the origins and evolution of the blues

Published in Oxford University Press’s African American Studies Center (AASC)

 

“Focus On: Motown”

Researched photo essay on Motown

Published in Oxford University Press’s African American Studies Center (AASC)

 

“Air Guitar Hero”

Reported feature from behind the scenes at the 2007 U.S. National Air Guitar Championship

Published in Gelf Magazine

 

 

“The Blaxploitation Reader”

Interview with Josiah Howard, author of Blaxploitation Cinema.

Published in Gelf Magazine

 

 

“It’s Open Season on Hipsters!”

Reported feature

Published in the Brooklyn Paper