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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.

Draped In Roses

SOUTHERN LIVING  |  June  2015

“It was a total shot in the dark,” says Birmingham landscape designer Brent Donaldson, referring to the intricate wooden arbor on the preceding page. He designed it with a particular Alabama garden in mind and brought his unsolicited idea to the owner…

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Your Perfect Crawfish Boil Is 9 Steps Away

ESQUIRE  | April 25, 2014

Friday begins the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (colloquially known as Jazz Fest), the two-weekend music festival that showcases the likes of Clapton, Springsteen, and The Arcade Fire. More importantly, it showcases all the best of the Crescent City’s local talent….

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Kissing Language Barriers Goodbye

SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE  | May 28, 2014

For a long time, the universal translator has been a pop culture obsession. Star Trek presents it as a handheld machine, resembling a microphone, that can translate most languages immediately. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy boasts a Babel fish, a creature that…

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FYI: Louisiana Is Just Fine With How It Looks on TV

ESQUIRE  | May 14, 2014

New Orleans is pretty hot right now. Weather-wise, because “winter” is a term this town doesn’t understand, and media-wise. Tremé, True Blood and True Detective — HBO’s trilogy of Louisiana-based shows — have spurred a lot of discussion of what “authentic life” in New Orleans looks like…

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Proof the Segway Isn’t Dead

MASHABLE  | November 17, 2013

The Segway isn’t dead. It just found a new job.

Recently, Mashable tech editor Pete Pachal wrote an op-ed in which he mentioned “Segway’s failure.” He stated, “The Segway required a shift in infrastructure to deliver on its potential.” Alas, most cities weren’t willing to make said shift…

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Behind the Scenes at the StoryCorps Van

THE WASHINGTONIAN  | October 23, 2012

I’m proudly, and somewhat vocally, from New Orleans. Upon discovering this, generally people immediately ask about Hurricane Katrina. Our house was damaged by the hurricane, and my family lived in Houston for about a year. Seemingly completely unrelated, I…

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Can We Really 3-D Print Limbs for Amputees?

THE ATLANTIC  | August 23, 2013

For the approximately 1.7 million people in the United States living without one or more of their natural limbs, the process of acquiring a prosthetic one is exhausting. It’s a drain on time and money, involving mold fitting, laser body scanning, and hours upon hours in prosthetists’ offices…

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