For Bookforum, I reviewed Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, the book by the women behind the My Favorite Murder podcast. Crime and entertainment and humor and self-help and empathy and privilege and feminism and “feminism” overlap in ways that make me uneasy — not just on this show, but all over contemporary culture. My feelings about this book were… complicated! Read them here.
I have a feature in the Money issue of the New York Times Magazine. It’s about Meow Wolf, a group of artists from Santa Fe who morphed from being an anarchic collective to a multimillion-dollar corporation beloved by real estate developers. Working on this piece gave me a lot to think about in terms of creativity and commerce and compromise in twenty-first century America. Read more here.
I have a new story out — it’s a profile of Dave Asprey, the founder of Bulletproof, the guy who convinced everyone to start putting butter in their coffee. He plans to live to 180 and believes he can have complete control over his own biology. He’s a leading representative of a Silicon Valley biohacking scene that combines tech utopianism with some old New Age ideas. Read more here.
Namely Abe Lincoln’s Top Hat, the political offshoot of Last Podcast on the Left (my favorite thing to listen to on long drives through the southwest). Listen to me talk about Damien Echols, the West Memphis Three, the brutality of supermax prisons, and my cynicism about true crime & feminism here.
My most recent story (for Outside this time) is about the 33 special agents of the park service’s Investigative Services Branch who are charged with solving most major crimes—rape, murder, drug smuggling, grizzly poaching—that take place in our national parks. It’s got nature AND crime, what more could you want?