Assorted articles

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

The Atlantic

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

The Atlantic

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.

Jane Magazine

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.

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