(Photograph by Josef Koudelka/Magnum)
My first essay for Al Jazeera is about what, exactly, the difference is between the people we call “terrorists” and the ones we call “spree killers” or “mass shooters,” and why our government’s reactions to them are so wildly different.
This is my first piece for The New Yorker‘s “Page-Turner” blog, a lovably irascible survey of contemporary book covers and a rumination on the aesthetic/commercial double-binds of designing your own.
I have a new essay, “I Know What You Think of Me,“ in the New York Times on the hazards of hitting REPLY ALL and the dread of hearing other people’s uncensored opinions of you.
As part of my ongoing quest for ways to make money as a writer in the 21st century, I am undertaking an experiment: offering a new essay as a 99¢ downloadable pdf file. The essay, “Up in the Air,” is a short one (around 1500 words, the length of one of my New York Times op-eds) but it’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever written. It’s about what Kim Stanley Robinson calls “the time without skin”–those in-between times in our lives (between careers, homes, or relationships) when we’re deprived of the anesthetizing comfort of our daily habits or any certainty about the future, and have to confront all the dreadful Big-Picture questions we hoped we’d put behind us for good. It even includes an old, previously-unpublished-online cartoon as illustration.
My first essay for the New York Times‘s “Draft” blog, “The Power of ‘I Don’t Know,‘” on the dangers of certainty, runs today.