Stories by Publication





Washington Post Magazine:

The Reunion:  in Tanzania, an American English teacher reconnects with his students

Spirits in the Material World: In South Dakota, the Lower Brule Sioux promote their culture without cliches and kitsch


A mind dismembered: In search of the magical penis thieves


The Bike That Meant Everything

Ebb and Flow:  A ride down the Mississippi River to his high-school reunion helps a cyclist appreciate the hometown he once despised.

Shops We Love: The Angry Catfish

Bam!  Nick Frey was a whiz kid and a brainy cycling prodigy. Then he got an idea that blew those dreams away.

501 Pounds:  Five years ago, Scott Cutshall was so fat that doctors told him he’d die within six months. Then he looked out his window and saw a man riding a bike


What It Feels Like…to Survive a Parachute Failure

What It Feels Like…to Be Beaten by a Mob

Scientific American Mind

Review: Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man

Review: A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links between Leadership and Mental Illness

Review: Nerve: Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool

Review: Moonwalking with Einstein

Review: The Tell-Tale Brain

Review: How Many Friends Does One Person Need? by Robin Dunbar.

Power Posing: A dominant pose can send hormone levels spiking






The Rotarian

The pursuit of unhappiness

Sense and sensitivity: Sometimes a translation only gets you half way

Too much information:  Stop your slide down the scree-slope of trivia

Going mobile: Africa’s Tech Revolution

One for the road: How living abroad makes us creative

The art of haggling

Travelers beware: Don’t Get Scammed

The food less traveled

Bedbugs bite

Tipping points

Give and Take: The Art and Science of the Gift


Read It, Watch It, See It for Yourself: Since Kerouac, adventure books and movies have gotten explorers on the road. Frank Bures runs down five recent journey-inspiring hits

Hang Time: At the Monkey Bar Gym, Fitness is Fun Again. Jon Hinds has junked the mirrors and machines in favor of real, functional, full-body fitness

Travis Rice, a profile of the world’s top snowboarder

Virginia Quarterly Review

Things Come Together: A Journey through Literary Lagos

Mother Jones

Mosque Pit:  Muslim punks give a middle finger to Islam and America

Open Road, Clear Conscience: tips for leaving the gringo guilt at home when you’re on holiday

From Civil War to the Drug War: East Africans are risking prison for a taste of home

World Hum

The Roads Between Us: A Journey Across Africa

The Death of the Idyll

Non-Places and the End of Travel

Plato Was a Backpacker

Baby on Board, Baby Abroad

1,000 Places to Not go Before You Die

How to squat and wipe

Test Day

The Africa Report

Pages for the people: Africa’s publishing renaissance

Ngugi wa Thiongo talks about Africa, writing and what you owe your own language


Ecotopias Aren’t Just for Hippies Anymore

Access Denied: Broadband service is available worldwide, but it’s beyond most people’s budgets

Fewer Fish to Fry in an Omega-3-Crazed World. (Hope you like Carp!) Online is the new frontline

Blast out of this World: Spaceports are launching all over the planet.

Poets & Writers

Failure’s Fortune: A Profile of Sam Lipsyte

Home Sweet Home:  A Profile of Meghan Daum

Way, Way Too Much Information: The noosphere is getting harder and harder to avoid

I Google Myself, Therefore I Am

Chasing the Whale: A Profile of Junot Diaz

All the Things He Did Not Know: A Profile of Tom Bissell

In Search of the Last American Man: A Profile of Elizabeth Gilbert

Choke Hold On the Zeitgeist: Profile of Chuck Palahniuk

Tin House

Award-winning writer and founder of the magazine Kwani?, Binyavanga Wainaina, discusses “the mafia of petty ideas” and the revolution in the Kenyan literary scene with Frank Bures

Frank Bures on Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s Whispered Stories on Buru

Frank Bures on Ngugi wa Thiongo’s “Matigari”

V. S. Naipaul won the war of sibling rivalry on the battleground of fame and letters. But was his younger brother Shiva the better writer


Review: The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild, by Craig Childs

The Search for Environmental Intelligence: Shuttle Commander Eileen Collins looks down on from above and worries about what she sees

Deadwood Talking: Europeans have been keeping their forests a little too tidy

Protecting Mars’ 15-mile high mountain

The Atlantic Online

Soccerworld: Franklin Foer, the author of How Soccer Explains the World, on what soccer has to tell us about globalization, identity politics, and the future of baseball

Our Imperial Imperative: Niall Ferguson, the author of Colossus, laments the emasculation of American imperialism

Into the Black: Nick Cook, a respected military journalist, describes his foray into a hidden “black world” where powerful technologies of warfare are born

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