Journalism and Essays

When I started this website in 2002, its intent was to showcase my clips for editors who might hire me. Pitch a story, include a URL, score the gig. And it often worked. Later I added a minimalist blog to keep the site fresh, and then — because I was still hard-coding everything up to that point — in 2008 I switched over to WordPress for technological ease. If I’m a blogger today, it’s by accident.

With my career in a new phase and the links to many of my old articles regularly extinguishing, I realize it’s no longer terribly important to keep lists of everything I’ve ever written. So if you would like to read some of my short nonfiction, here’s the best stuff that’s still available.


Anthropology, Archaeology, History

The Whale-boat Men of Long Island Sound.
Journal of the American Revolution, 1 November 2013.

Samuel Smedley and Prize Division.
Journal of the American Revolution, 22 August 2013.

Eight Million Sots in the Naked City.
Reason, November 2007.
How Prohibition was imposed on, and rejected by, New York.

A Gladiators’ Graveyard.
Dig, October 2008.

Tempest in a Coffeepot: Starbucks Invades the World.
Reason, January 2003.
If the widespread consumption of coffee, which has been around for 600 years, hasn’t led to global cultural homogenization, then how could Starbucks do so? An essay on cultural appropriation and evolution.


Books, Food, Life

Philip K. Dick: Five Novels of the 1960s & 70s.
Black Gate #13, Spring 2009. Reprinted here on the site.

Rolling in Clover.
Hartford Courant, 5 June 2009.
Clover is a natural nitrogen fixer for your lawn.

Variations on a Roll.
Hartford Courant, 9 August 2007.
Hot versus cold lobster rolls. With recipes!



The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, Sage Publications, 2008.

Tempest in a Coffeepot: Starbucks Invades the World.
Current Perspectives: Cultural Anthropology and Globalization, Wadsworth Publishing, 2005. Reprint.



Jeffrey E. Barlough, author of the Western Lights novels.
Black Gate, January 2013.


Lost or Abandoned

For Sale: Stamford Island Offers Off-Shore Retreat.
Stamford Advocate, 8 October 2010.
Urban legends surround Vincent Island and its deserted ruins.

Pleasure Beach Blues.
Connecticut Magazine, August 2010.
For 15 summers, Bridgeport has abandoned a 60-acre barrier beach along Long Island Sound.

The First Free State Project.
Reason, December 2004.
The brief, tumultuous history of the American state of Franklin.



Fight Over Solar in Bridgeport: Two Types of Environmentalism Collide.
National Geographic Energy Blog, 7 March 2014.

Bubble Curtains: Can They Dampen Sound Waves?
National Geographic News, 7 February 2012.

How Green Are Forest-Based Carbon Offsets?, 29 January 2009.

Can Meteorites Make People Sick?, 19 September 2007.