First-Person Stories are Much More Than Clickbait. On the internet, a wave of personal articles came and went, often derided as body horror. Meanwhile, a nonfiction subgenre called narrative medicine quietly soldiered on to explain the lived experience of health and medicine. Here's what narrative medicine is, and what it has to do with french fries, Deleuze and Guattari, and ears. Lithub, 26 October 2017.
This Violent World: How Literature Helps Us Cope. What the literary oeuvre of Aleksandar Hemon has to do with an industrial disaster in Bangladesh, a bombing in eastern Turkey, and my friend Ben. Lithub, 12 Apr. 2016.
What Engineers Can Learn from the Design of the Penis. Erection is so miraculous it’s evolved five times – and it has implications for robotics, too. The Atlantic, 18 Mar. 2016.
The Liberation Theology of Dr. Paul Farmer. Liberation theology might be ignored in America, despite the Pope's enthusiasm for it -- but in global health, it matters tremendously. Religion & Politics, 1 Mar. 2016.
Climate Change and the Legacy of Thomas Merton. Climate change was unknown to the most famous monastic of the twentieth century. But that doesn't mean he lacked for things to say about it. Religion & Politics, 1 Dec. 2015.
How to Love A Very Difficult Job. Would you go to prison for your job? Why the people they call violence interrupters would. Untold Stories (Pulitzer Center), 7 June 2015.
You Can Kill Anyone with Your Car As Long As You Don't Really Mean It. Is it always illegal to hit and kill a bicyclist with a car -- or just when the crash is especially horrible? Vice, 18 June 2014.
There are Still Broken Bones Buried Under Bangladesh's Collapsed Sweat Shop. After the WTC, victims were identified down to a single knuckle bone. After Rana Plaza, street children pulled skulls and femurs from the rubble. The heartbreak in discarded skeletons. Vice UK, 24 Apr. 2014.
Cheap T-Shirts and Fundamentalism. On April 5, they protested against women in the workplace. On May 5, they held a violent riot for the same reason. In between, they risked their lives to save women at Rana Plaza. The Diplomat, 23 Apr. 2014.