I've written on lots of different topics for a wide variety of publications. Below, some of my favorite stories.
The town that elected an all-female government ... in 1920
In 1920, the Yoncalla, Oregon, city councilmen proved they weren’t up to the task of governing. So an all-female government took over, spurring national headlines that warned of the coming feminist revolution. I dug deep to learn more about these five women who've been all but forgotten in the history books.
For some Jews, it only sounds like 'taboo'
The New York Times
Nearly every Jew, from those who go to synagogue on holidays to those who dutifully follow Jewish law, has heard that adage that if you get a tattoo, you can't be buried in a Jewish cemetery. But I discovered that this isn't actually true — and talked to dozens of rabbis to back it up.
A new age of animation
Animated sitcoms have long offered sharp insight into American culture. But although these series appear as American as apple pie, the bulk of their animation is done in South Korea. I explored this open secret, and discovered how a push to move toward digital animation tools there could change television here.
Welcome to Screw U.
Years before Trump University, I looked at a major problem with for-profit colleges — that students take out big loans for them, and have no recourse if the school goes under. What happened when 21-year-old Christina Pelloni showed up for class one morning — and her college was simply gone.
Their kingdom for a bike: polo on two wheels
The New York Times
You don't have to be a king to play polo. You do not need a 300-yard grass field, a long-handled mallet or a helmet. In fact, you do not even need a horse. On asphalt courts and parking lots in cities throughout the country, bike messengers, bike-shop employees and assorted cycling enthusiasts are playing bicycle polo.
And many more pieces:
- Satellite TV Creates Sports Bar in the Sky (The New York Times)
- Beauty Tools Plucked from the Produce Aisle (The New York Times)
- Marriage Masters: Advice from couples married 50+ years (The New York Post)
- Seeing Manhattan From Sea Level (The New York Times)
- Going Up, Getting Grumpy (The New York Times)
- Free Lunch Returns, and Why It’s Not Free (The New York Times)
- The Cities Where Women Rule (Time.com)
- Why Do the Mentally Ill Die Younger (Time.com)
- Getting Paid for Your A's (Time.com)
- You Have 237 Friends, and One Crazy Stalker (Jane Magazine)
- Scheduling Adulthood One Page at a Time (Newsweek)
- 10 Brides Arrested on Their Wedding Day (TheFrisky.com)
- Girl Talk: Thank You Ned Weinstein (TheFrisky.com)
- 14 Strange Celebrity Love, Dating, and Relationship Analogies (TheFrisky.com)
- A History of Umlauts in Pop Music (TheFrisky.com)
- Have a 'Law and Order' Moment: Represent Yourself in Court (Maxim)
- Q+A: Tiffany on Her New Tour and Lingering Fondess for Jean Jackets (TheFrisky.com)
- Rumor Telephone: How Stories Escalate (TheFrisky.com)
- Girl Talk: Cleo, the Breakup Kitten (TheFrisky.com)
- The Best Cheerleading Scandals (TheFrisky.com)
- The World's Weirdest Chapsticks (TheFrisky.com)
- I Want to be a Reality TV Star (Page Six Magazine)
- Inside New York Chicken Pox Parties (Page Six Magazine)
- Congratulations on Your Split (Page Six Magazine)
- The New Mama's Boys and Girls (Page Six Magazine)
- Priced Out of New York (Page Six Magazine)
- Freelancing Isn't Free (New York Magazine)
- RIP, Jane Magazine (Huffington Post)