“The Con Man Who Became a True-Crime Writer” - on a notorious scammer’s attempt at reinvention (The Atlantic)

“Murder in the Moroccan Mountains” - on the aftermath of an attack by ISIS sympathizers (Outside)

“Murder They Wrote” - on true crime, self-help, and the My Favorite Murder phenomenon (Bookforum)

“Can an Art Collective Become the Disney of the Experience Economy?” - on creative corporation Meow Wolf (New York Times Magazine)

“The Bulletproof Coffee Founder Has Spent $1 Million in His Quest to Live to 180” - on biohacking and butter coffee (Men’s Health)


"The Perfect Man Who Wasn't" - on a romance scammer and the women who banded together to help take him down (The Atlantic)

“The FBI of the National Park Service” - on the small group of special agents tasked with handling major crimes committed in national parks (Outside)

"The Delay" - on the abduction of a Navajo girl and issues with Amber Alerts on reservations (Esquire)

“Now Damien Echols Will Teach You the Secrets of Magick” - on a member of the West Memphis Three reinventing himself after spending nearly 20 years on death row (New York Times)


"#Vanlife" - on a life that became a lifestyle brand (New Yorker)
One of the New Yorker's most-read stories in 2017

"Something in the Air" - on essential oils as a cure for our age of anxiety (New Yorker)

"Outside the Manson Pinkberry" - on murder fandom and being a sad teen (The Believer)
Selected as one of the year's best essays by Longform; featured in Best American Travel Writing 2018

"How Rich Hippies and Developers Went to War Over Instagram's Favorite Beach" - on land disputes in Tulum (The Guardian)

"Sexual Assault in the Amazon" - on ayahuasca, tourism, money, and power (The Cut)

"Gone Baby Gone" - on a new breed of real estate investor destroying America's cities (The New Republic)


"From Pickup Artist to Pariah" - on an Asheville man who was cancelled because of his secret life as a pick-up artist (The Cut)
Selected as one of the year's best by the Atlantic

"Crossed Stitches" - on quilt drama in small-town Texas (Texas Monthly)

"Meet the Internet Hoax Buster" - on cancer fakers and the internet detective who tracks them down (The Guardian)

"The Cat Psychic" - on animal communication and the problem of separate minds (Hazlitt)

"Monkeywrench" - on activists making a climate apocalypse musical in Florida (Oxford American)

"What it's Like to Play Tinder in Rural America" - on dating apps and small towns (Fusion)

"Drive Not Ride" - on motorcycles and heartbreak (The Awl)


"Have You Ever Thought About Killing Someone" - on a murder in Big Bend National Park (Matter)
Selected as one of the year's best by LongreadsJezebel, Enchantress, & Autostraddle; nominated for a Livingston Award. You can also read an annotated version of this story via Nieman Storyboard.

"The Fault" - on Gary Gilmore, Norman Mailer, and astrology (Gawker)

"That Drifting Place" - on Roy Orbison's glasses (Oxford American)

"Letter of Recommendation: The 'Death in...' Books" - on morbidly sublime stories about death in national parks (New York Times Magazine)

"After 19 Books and a Presidential Bid, Eileen Myles Gets [Their] Due" - an interview with the poet/rabblerouser Eileen Myles (New York)

"How Wal-Mart Became the Town Square in Rural America"  - on a big store in a small town (Splinter)

"How George RR Martin is Helping Stem Santa Fe's Youth Exodus" - on the Game of Thrones author's partnership with the  art collective Meow Wolf (The Guardian)


"Fire Behavior" - on the aftermath of the West, TX fertilizer plant explosion (Oxford American)
Selected as one of the year's best by Longform & the Atlantic

"My Backseat View of a Great Romance" - a Modern Love column on a Moroccan taxi cab romance (New York Times)
featured on the Modern Love podcast

"Murder in the Texas Desert" - on a murder in a Texas ghost town (Outside)

"Killer Crush" - on the horror of teen girl crushes, from Columbiners to Beliebers (The Awl)

"Fire Bugs" - on firefighters who set things on fire (The Awl)

All My Friends Are in My Head" - on tulpas, Reddit, and imaginary friends (The Awl)

"House Ghosts" - on AIDS, gentrification, and haunted houses (The Awl)

"Tell Me What to Do" - on homesteading pioneers Scott & Helen Nearing (The Believer)

"Festival Showcases a Lifestyle Lost by Closing a Border" - on a fiesta protesta along the US/Mexico border (New York Times)

"Betraying Gideon in Alpine, Texas" - on the federal public defender crisis along the US/Mexico border (Al Jazeera America)

"More Guests, Empty Houses" - on share economy gentrification in Marfa, Texas (Slate)

"Working in a Moneyless World" - on Twin Oaks, a Virginia commune (Salon)

"Fire School" - on heroes, emergencies, and 10-foot flames (The Rumpus)

"Memory Wound" - on Anders Brevik and the massacre on Utoya (Los Angeles Review of Books)

"Common Ground" - a review of Brenda Stevenson's The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins (Los Angeles Review of Books)

ALSO featured in some cool things that you can only get IRL: Hallways of AlwaysDesert OracleSummer Forum/Dilettante; Marfa Myths 2016 zine