"Your Dog Feels No Shame" (March 2018)
A brief debunking of the myth of canine guilt
"Bulletproofing" (January/February 2017)
Private companies are developing technologies that could help stem the bloodshed during mass shootings. But adopting these technologies poses risks.
"TV's Fake-Language Master" (April 2016)
A profile of David J. Peterson, the linguist who invented the (fully functional) fictional languages on Game of Thrones and other shows
"The Future of Pets" (January/February 2016)
New technologies promise to bring us even closer to our pets—and to make pets’ lives look more like human ones. Here's how our relationships with animals could change.
"Hunted by the Mob" (July/August 2015)
A profile of Roberto Saviano, the Italian crime journalist who's been on the run from the mob since 2006. I met up with him while he was living in secret in New York City.
"How to Make Money in Music" (November 2015)
The story of how brand names end up in the lyrics of Top 40 hits
Ideas Issue: "Google Glass" (July/August 2014)
Talking to Google Glass's lead designer, I trace the history of the ill-fated venture
From 2014 to 2015, I wrote the magazine's monthly "Big In..." dispatch, looking at peculiar cultural happenings from around the world:
"Fatwa Fatigue" (June 2015)
"Coloring Books for Existential Angst" (April 2015)
"Guys in Toyland" (December 2014)
"Mafia Restaurants" (November 2014)
"The Gaelic Stars of YouTube" (October 2014)
"Little Emperors" (June 2014)
"Survival Tweets" (May 2014)
"The IKEA Toy That Became an Icon of Rage" (April 2014)
"Big in Italy: Miracles" (March 2014)
The New Yorker
"The Night When Bernie Was President" (October 14, 2017)
A group of Bernie 2016 diehards gathered for the President Sanders Film Festival, a night of amateur films that imagined a world in which Sanders won the White House.
"The Irish Novel That's So Good People Were Scared to Translate It" (March 17, 2016)
Why did it take almost 70 years for the greatest novel in the Irish language to be translated into English?
"The Declassification Engine: Reading Between the Black Bars" (October 16, 2013)
How technology can help the public combat government secrecy
"A Lifeline for Endangered Languages" (June 12, 2013)
By making it easier to text and email, the FirstVoices chat app, developed by a group of indigenous-language-rights activists in Canada, offers endangered tongues a lifeline.
"Circus Time" (January 14, 2013, issue)
"Urban Fabric" (December 24, 2012, issue)
"Big Apple Circus" (November 19, 2012, issue)
"Skyler White Is the Best Character on Breaking Bad" (August 9, 2013)
"How Shirley Jackson Wrote 'The Lottery'" (June 27, 2013)
"Where Do I Start With the Stone Roses?" (April 9, 2013)
"Why You Should Read Shirley Jackson" (March 1, 2013)