Festival Showcases a Lifestyle Lost by Closing a Border - on a festival in the middle of the Rio Grande, in the New York Times/Texas Monthly
Anders Behring Breivik & the Massacre on Utoya - on a Norwegian mass shooter and his manifesto, in the Los Angeles Review of Books
Murder in the Texas Desert - on the death of a beloved bartender and the arrest of a beloved river guide in a rough-and-tumble border town, in Outside
I have a feature in the Spring issue of the Oxford American. It’s the longest thing I’ve ever published! It’s about a guy who at first seemed to be the hero of the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion… and who was then indicted on bomb-making charges. But there’s a lot more to it than that. Anyway, it’s not online yet, but I’m sure it will be eventually — but really, you should buy an actual physical copy of the magazine, because it’s beautiful.
Been doing some very fun radio interviews recently:
+on grassroots anti-drone activism in West Texas (KCRW/On Point)
More Guests, Empty Houses - on share-economy gentrification, in Slate
Lost and Found: May Sarton’s The House by the Sea - on living alone, in Tin House
Fire Bugs - on fire-fighter arsonists, in The Awl
Don’t Drone on Me - on grassroots anti-drone activism, in Texas Monthly
Betraying Gideon in Alpine, Texas - on small-town public defenders along the US/Mexico border, in Al Jazeera America
Common Ground: Brenda Stevenson’s The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins - on race riots, Trayvon Martin, and good victims, in the Los Angeles Review of Books
On Labor Day I drove to Midland/Odessa on a reporter-type mission. I’d never been there before, and it does indeed smell like oil. Those weird rural/industrial zones make me want to listen to the Misfits at top volume, for some reason.
In case you were wondering: I’m finishing up a piece on borderland public defenders (featuring my justice crush, Liz Rogers) for Al Jazeera America. Also on the horizon: haunted hotels; the LA race riots. Life is exciting.
House Ghosts - on gentrification, AIDS, and legally haunted houses, in The Awl
Tomorrow at 10 a.m. I’m interviewing Lannan writer Rebecca Curtis on KRTS, Marfa Public Radio. Listen here!