Recent Stories

Rise of a Running Nation

Runner's World, July 2015

Lon Myers was the greatest American runner of the nineteenth century and also a Sephardic Jew. In 1882, he ran a series of three one-on-one footraces against England’s best runner, Walter George, at the Polo Grounds, in New York City. Edited by Christine Fennessy.

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Poison Oysters

Bloomberg Businessweek, April 24, 2015

Imidacloprid is the world’s most popular pesticide. In the spring of 2015, oystermen in Washington state were poised to start spraying the stuff on the beleaguered oyster beds of Willapa Bay. But then my story broke. A surge of other media followed and then the oystermen caved—and scratched all plans to spray imidacloprid. Edited by Emily Biuso.

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Booze, Guns, and Poetry

Men's Journal, May 2015

Arkansas poet Frank Stanford killed himself in 1978, at the age  of 29. Today, novelist Michael Ondaatje calls his work “the most overlooked writing I know.”A look at a great Southern genius. Edited by Larry Kanter.

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Sun, Sea, Silence

Financial Times, April 24, 2015

Four days on Colombia’s Pacific coast, amid the Afro-Colombian descendants of escaped slaves. Edited by Tom Robbins.

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Kindergarten Can Wait

Backpacker, May 2015

At age 5, Christian Thomas Geiger hiked the Appalachian Trail, all 2,180 miles of it, with his mother and stepdad. Was this an act of child abuse? Or should we be applauding Buddy Backpacker’s mom, a recently obese working class Long Islander, for introducing her child to the wonders of nature? Edited by Dennis Lewon.

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