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Contributor since:October 2008

About Me

I am a reporter who has concentrated on foreign affairs, living for awhile throughout Latin America; in Jakarta, Indonesia; and now in Barcelona. My articles have appeared in The Denver Quarterly, Harper's, GQ, Men's Journal, The Believer and I am the author of a book, Searching for El Dorado, which is about South American gold miners. One of the things I am very interested in is how journalism and other writing first published in languages other than English gets ignored in much of the world, even when it concerns important events. You'll be seeing a lot of work here based on non-English and non-mainstream sources, by journalists I've had the good fortune to work with abroad, and by others I'm just meeting through this project. Thanks for reading and participating. Welcome.



I'm Known For...

Packing light.

My Current Project

A book on Indonesia that I expect to take the rest of my life.

My Greatest Achievement

The dog now reliably executes "shake."

My Biggest Regret

College. The late '80s was not a great moment in the history of critical thinking. If I could have that decision back, I'd do two years in the navy.

I Truly Respect

Verbs. Also barbecue.

Moments I'd Like To Forget

Decline to state.

How I Pay For This Wardrobe

Earn in Euros and don't wear pants.

Blocks I've Been Around

I was once officially admitted to a sovereign nation by a herd of goats.

Things That Really Happened

Dining with pirates in their jungle lair, Skull Point.

Where I'd Like To Be 10 Years From Now

Still at it.

Why True/Slant

Because being a civil engineer requires math skills.

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What I'm Currently Addicted To...


This Is Annoying Me...

Thinking up headlines.

This Is Making Me Worry...

The weather.

This Is Bringing Me Joy...

See dog executing "shake," above.

I'm Running From...


This Is Helping Me Create... illusion of gainful employment in my chosen field.

This Is Making Me Think - Hard...

I'm more of a pointer.

This Makes My Teeth Itch


Can't Do Without


Favorite Voices

Ren, Stimpy

My Most Awkward Moment

1983-1987, 1994, some of last August.

My Secret Ambition

To buy the boarded up theater a couple of blocks from my house and show monster movies and serve pizza. Also I'd like to bowl at least a 240 once.

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