Creative work samples
Research and analyze the human experience through the lenses of culture, politics, history, and philosophy in expository, magazine, and critical essays.
Web, book, magazine, product, graphic, and user experience designs: simple, elegant, effective.
Documentary, scenic, street, nature, and travel images for frame or publication.
Family albums, couture cookbooks, wedding albums, video compilations.
Juvenal used the phrase “bread and circuses” in the 1st century A.D. to satirize Rome’s effective strategy of appeasing the masses with food and entertainment, intended to distract the common herd from the business of politics, and keep them superficially satisfied with baser gratifications. Circus Bread is the theme of this site, not because it’s meant to appease and distract its audience, but in hope that it offers entertainment while touching on substantive issues, or vice versa—brings substance to seemingly trivial events.
Mitra shows us a revolutionary learning method, one we all already knew, and how the Bureaucratic Administration Machine of the Victorian Era continues to plague our education system.
Women were the first alchemists, entering their laboratories to transform meat, herbs, and grains into food, medicine, and spirits. From the Fertile Crescent to the shores of Colonial America—indeed, throughout most of human history—women produced the world’s alcohol. In the decades since the repeal of prohibition, why, then, have we seen the emergence of Jack[…]
*originally published in MicroShiner Magazine, Winter 2015 issue. Vermont is full of crafts, and crafty people. They are a source of pride and community, or vice versa. Either way, people in Vermont learn to make their own way, and produce some world-class crafts in the process; Cabot Cheese, Citizen Cider, Copeland Furniture, Simon Pierce glassware,[…]
That clean, cold spring morning I stood on the roof of a 50-foot-tall building in downtown Arlington, Va., and talked antennas, costs, and rent. After that, I moved on to other buildings and other deals. At the end of the day I struggled through beltway traffic and landed at home in front of my computer,[…]
A rising tide should lift all boats, but in the realm of urban development it seldom does. Renovated buildings, new businesses, and spruced-up parks make a neighborhood a more desirable place to live. Improved aesthetics and greater opportunities attract new residents and businesses that then refurbish homes and storefronts, creating a positive feedback loop of[…]
Produced for the Maxwell School of Public Citizenship at Syracuse University and the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism
The relationship between a publication’s editorial content and its business interests, or, in industry terms, the relationship between church and state, has long-been a sacred division. Ethical journalists avoid even apparent conflicts of interest to retain one of their most important assets as a journalist: credibility. But the potential for conflicts of interest are inherent[…]
Dexter Filkins’ feature in the Sept. 19 New Yorker somehow paints a detailed picture with a broad brush; focusing on the murder of the Pakistani journalist, Saleem Shahzad, in late May 2011, Filkins frames U.S.-Pakistan relations as a darkly perverted collaboration between enemies, and helps us more accurately understand the ugliness of our shared morass.[…]
In her personal narrative, A Girls’ Guide to Saudi Arabia, Maureen Dowd exhibits her sophomoric understanding of the Middle East and her generally myopic worldview. Originally appearing in the August 2010 issue of Vanity Fair, Dowd’s piece somehow made Sloane Crosley’s cut for the 2011 compilation of The Best American Travel Writing. Excepting references to[…]
A girl suns her back on the hillside. Her spandex shorts vividly sculpt her salacious curves. Her crossed legs playfully sway in the air as she lay on her stomach, reading her Kindle, hot pink toenails both tacky and provocative shimmer in the sun. My dog Emma runs over to say hi; she’s so good[…]
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Letter to the Editor | The Post-Standard | Submitted October 27, 2011: Syracuse University graduate student and faculty responses to the now notorious Chronicle of Higher Education article, “Syracuse’s Slide,” are defensive and sentimental arguments that fundamentally ignore the legitimate points raised in Wilson’s balanced and well-supported article. Chancellor Cantor’s response to the same article,[…]
A machete in my left hand and a bag of cheap red wine in my right, I continued up the rough volcanic jungle slope. We exchanged the wine and the sack of fruit intermittently, the sack getting heavier as we filled it with mangos, bananas, papaya, breadfruit, and pineapples on our way up the trail.[…]
Rights of passage: from Pollywog to Shellback We sat quietly locked in the forward storage hull, below the windlass, like canned food tightly packed and isolated from light and air. Although it was almost 90 degrees outside, our temporary subsurface holding cell, with its steel walls, floor, and ceiling, felt cool on our exposed skin.[…]