The Things She Carried by Cara Hoffman for the NYT Op Ed, about the marginalized female Vet and the failure of our heroic archetypes to effectively describe women in combat roles. My thanks as always to my AD, Matt. Thanks are also due to Staff Sergeant Makenzie Lang, who was kind enough to react to this article and to provide me with reference for the multicam uniform that she wore during her second tour. I think this piece would have been very different without her help. So, Makenzie, and all the other veterans who I have yet to meet, thank you for your service.
"Only Hell’s fire burns hotter
than all my blood . . .
Suffering condemns me!
Love poisons me!
Sorrow kills me!
Manuel de Falla’s “El Amor Brujo” for The New Yorker. It’s funny, I liked all these sketches, so I think I’ll have to make them all, eventually. Many thanks, Jordan!
North American Review flashbacks. Thanks, Shelly!
aiCIO February 2013, Infaltion or Interest Rates. Thank you SooJin!
"The Heroin Mystique" by Alyssa Giacobbe for the Boston Globe. Thank you, Ryan and Greg!
John Archibald Wheeler, time, and the self-creating/reflective universe for Nautilus Magazine. Thank you, Len!
Corporate Knights, the rich getting richer and the paucity of social generosity. Thank you, Jack!
Happy to be able to reveal an ankle of some of the work I’ve been doing for an upcoming novella by Mary Rickert for tor.com. You can see the rest in the spring. We call this the long-tease. My thanks to Irene Gallo for bringing me one my favorite stories yet. I’d expand on that statement, but to do so would violate the rules of the tease.
Another one from the backlog. This is a cover for Malcolm Jameson's Tarnished Utopia originally published in 1942 and republished by Singularity & Co. in 2013.
Bipedal locomotion through the centuries for Runners World Germany. Whenever I think about the past everyone’s always moving with sweaty, athletic speed. Thank you Grit and Andreas!
While it’s fresh and topical, here’s a spot for Rany Jazayerli's article for Grantland on the paradoxical relationship between Orson Scott Card’s work and his opinions. Jazayerli makes a great point about seeing creative product in its own light. Thank you Juliet!
On the Hurricane Sandy/ NYT theme, here’s a sequential piece for Bill Williams' The Storm Inside on the Private Lives Blog. We went through a couple of iterations on this one. Depicting tragedy on multiple scales feels like a delicate job. Hopefully, we did alright.
This past weekend I was lucky enough to have a piece in the NYT Magazine on Hurricane Sandy and the past and future of the New York City Subway System. This piece focuses on the storm from the perspective of the transit workers. Many thanks to the author, Robert Sullivan, for letting me call him to discuss the interior of the MTA “command center”, and to Arem and the art department for trusting me with a topic like Sandy.
Here’s a spread for Priest & Grace’s most recent Eight by Eight Magazine. Been meaning to get to this one up for ages. The subject is Bert Trautmann, a goalkeeper for Manchester who in 1956 managed to break his neck during a game and then finish the final 15 minutes, actively and decisively ensuring a win. Trautmann died on the 19th of July, midway through this assignment. It was an honor (not to mention a nerve-wracking job) to help to memorialize this soccer hero. My thanks to Robert for the freedom and real-estate he gave me to make this piece.