Writing

Recent

SuperspreaderThe utimate timeline of Trump’s coronavirus denial

Don’t Try This at HomeRediscovering my family’s wacky remedy book during a pandemic

Hot SeatHow Jefferson Davis’ Senate desk became a Confederate monument

Hard to SwallowWhy is my dentist pushing an unproven COVID cure?

Slate PitchThe pumpkin spice of California politics: election mailers


Selected

The Buried GunA murder, an illegal confession, and the secret past of an NRA lawyer

Doc SavageHow a herbal healer transformed into a  toxic shock jock

Golden State WarriorsCalifornia's secessionist movement is ready to quit.

The Western FrontThe historical reeenactors who play the really, really bad guys

Jumping the ShankReal guards and pretend inmates face off at the Mock Prison Riot

This Little Piggy Had Roast BeefAnimal cannibalism in the beloved books of Richard Scarry

We Don’t Need No EducationThe origins of the Overton Window and the war on public schools

Claus and EffectWhat medical researchers say about Santa’s unhealthy lifestyle

The Renters Are Too Damn HighTales of the City’s pipe dream of affordable Bay Area housing

Last SplashWhat really happens when you’re buried at sea

Money TalksA short history of stamping political messages on dollar bills

Captive AudienceParenting tips from prison guards


Historical

Squirrels Gone WildThe time California drafted kids to fight a war on rodents

Heads of StateThe CIA’s psychological profiles of leaders from Hitler to Castro

Student, Solider, Doctor… Spy?A radical faces the ultimate test of loyalty.

Doughnut SalThe strange, sad tale of an old San Francisco “character”

Read My LipsA cheeky history of politcians kissing babies

The F WordA timeline of the San Francisco vs. “Frisco” feud

GI ChillThe Army’s totally groovy 1970s image makeover

The African DipRacism and hucksterism at San Francisco’s 1915 expo

Trash TalkThe pistol-packing women of the Berkeley Garbage War

Before the QuakeSeedy saloons, oyster loaf, and “gilded sin” in old San Francisco

Thicker Than WaterA family connection to an iconic photo of the California drought

Etc. 

Dear Thought LeaderQuiz: North Korean propaganda or TED talk?

Make America Carbonate AgainLa Croix’s subtle essence of conservatism

Let’s Do the Time Warp AgainWhy the Trump years felt like an eternity

For Informational Purposes OnlyThe final chapter of a publisher of “extreme self-help” books

Novel MaladiesMedical diagnoses of fictional characters, from Tintin to Darth Vader

Feeling DatedA look at the brave new world of online dating…in 2002.