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Writing at the intersection of
culture, mass media and memoir.


Just Browsing

In a Googlized world, the serendipity of devouring facts the old-fashioned way still matters.
Stuff Dot Life at Medium Link to Story

Shack Love

Watching the first shots of the digital revolution from a front-row seat in the suburbs.
Midcentury Modern at Medium Link to Story

Ballad of a Thin Man

Don Draper ends. How is less important than why.
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I See by Your Outfit That You Are a Cowboy

The national costume of America. What on Earth could that be?
Human Parts at Medium Link to Story

The American mood: Is the angst bottoming out?

Friday night in northern New Jersey, circa April 2009, offers clues to prove any theory about the American economic meltdown, depending on what you want to believe. Just like so many places these days. Craving optimism? Watch the tour bus emptying into the La Quinta lobby off Route 3, its occupants abuzz about their weekend sightseeing jaunt into Manhattan.
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Has America become numb to tragedy?

Does the name Byran Uyesugi ring a bell? Odds are not. What about Robert A. Or Mark Barton? Terry Ratzmann? Robert Stewart? Each entered the national consciousness when he picked up a gun and ended multiple lives. Uyesugi, 1999, Hawaii office building, seven dead. Hawkins, 2007, Nebraska shopping mall, nine dead.
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Moon Shot

Darkness. Darkness all around. That’s what the lens captured. On the edges: a thick white photographic border that shouts early 1970s. Moving toward the middle, inky black ebbs into greenish gray and, finally, into a tableau captured in a ghostly bluish-white. In it, you can make out a figure and beyond it, some machinery and a coarse, remote landscape, viewed as if through a rudimentary pinhole camera.
Midcentury Modern at Medium Link to Story

VP: A second banana in a country of firsts

Beside a mighty river, tucked away in the shadow of a towering ribbon of asphalt that leads drivers into the Lincoln Tunnel and Manhattan beyond, sits a plot of land notable because of a two-century-old event that, for most Americans, is largely forgotten. Here, during an 1804 duel, Aaron Burr shot and killed the guy whose face now decorates your $10 bills _ Alexander Hamilton, the former Treasury Secretary.
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What next for the once-beloved, now totally beleaguered peanut?

One Sunday afternoon this month, an unusual scene played out at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Partisans of a particular product waded into the crowd, distributing tiny sacks of snacks. By day’s end, they had handed out 64,000 bags of skinless, roasted Georgia peanuts. It was Peanut Farmer Appreciation Day.
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`Steak': Whirlwind tour through the world of beef

When you're writing an entire book about steak, the opportunities for opening lines are legion.
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Whole hog: Beef has long defined the American character, but pork is becoming king

The president of the National Pork Producers Council — the person who represents the people who represent the nation's pigs — appeared recently before Congress to talk about sales in the swine flu era. He wasn't happy. "Things look bleak going forward," Don Butler told America's lawmakers. · The usually beef-and-beany Taco Bell erected signs at the mouth of its drive-thru lanes, exhorting motorists around the republic: "TOP IT OFF WITH BACON."
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Superman: American patriot, illegal immigrant or both?

Ted Anthony of the Associated Press considers the legend — and the passport — of Superman: There is a scene in the 2006 movie “Superman Returns” that captures the fabled Man of Steel in an extraordinary moment. Floating high above the Earth, gazing down upon America, he listens with his super-hearing for cries of help as a cacophony of people, in all the world’s languages, live their lives.
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I tell stories. Stories about you and me and us, about our country and our world and the strange and meaningful tapestry of human experience. I tell stories about things that connect with each other unexpectedly, and about how the most insignificant details in our surroundings can, when poked at, turn out to mean everything. Once I wrote an entire book about a single song.

I do other things, too. Right now I am the director of digital innovation for The Associated Press, working on all kinds of interesting new things at the intersection of storytelling and new media. As a leader in AP's news operation for 15 years and a correspondent for 10 more before that, I have tried to bring an unerring sense of storytelling — in any form, in any fashion, on any platform — into our journalism as our industry changes fundamentally and shifts onto exciting and disruptive new platforms. Along the way, I teach and train and mentor and speak about journalism and why it must remain a fundamental and relevant part of the world during an uncertain era.

I also take photographs. See some of them on Instagram by clicking the link in this section, and more of them here.