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When I’m not obsessing over the career of Jeff Goldblum, I also write any number of news articles, features, profiles and cultural criticism. These days, I do it for The Washington Post. Before that, I wrote for anyone who would have me, including Esquire, GQ, Time, Southern Living and a variety of other extremely kind publications that gave me money for words. Here are a few of my favorite pieces.

Billboard’s charts used to be our barometer for music success. Are they meaningless in the streaming age?

THE WASHINGTON POST  | July 9, 2019

As the charts struggled to come up with a streaming equivalent to an album purchase or a song download, the media has been awash with headlines touting the latest record-breaking chart numbers. Artists such as Adele, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Drake, Kanye, Lil Wayne and Post Malone are constantly breaking each others’ records, leaving bands such as Prince, the Rolling Stones and ABBA in digital obscurity …

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You’re going where? Lexington

THE WASHINGTON POST  | October 17, 2018

The first words I hear when I deplane in Lexington are: “The bourbon store is open if you’re thirsty.” It’s 11:28 a.m., and indeed, the airport liquor shop is open. I’m then greeted by several statues of horses stately planted in the grass outside the baggage claim. As a Southerner — New Orleans-born with stints living throughout the South — I’m particularly sensitive to the ways our towns are often stereotyped. But as more than one person, in varying dialects, points out to me, if you do something well, celebrate it. By the Kentucky locals’ estimation, no one does bourbon and horse racing better than Lexington …

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Give Me Richmond!

SOUTHERN LIVING  |  January  2016

Spend any time in Richmond and you’ll hear the following joke: How many Virginians does it take to screw in a lightbulb? The answer is three: on to change it and two to write about how wonderful the old bulb was. Sure Virginia is for lovers, but…

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New Face of An Old City

SOUTHERN LIVING  | October  2015

On April 10, 2015, the 140-year-old St. Roch Market reopened after sitting empty for 10 years. Back in the 1960s, the market was a bustling center of commerce for the working-class St. Roch neighborhood, acting as both a small grocer and lunch counter…

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Maryland’s Best Crab Shacks

SOUTHERN LIVING  |  August  2015

“There’s no such thing as a perfect bushel of crabs,” says restaurateur Albert Levy, who watches the sun rise over the Chesapeake Bay each morning as he sorts through freshly caught crustaceans to serve in his Ocean City, Maryland, restaurant…

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