Selected Writing Samples

Let’s Get Lost
By chasing a gonzo new adventure every summer, the viral filmmaker Casey Neistat and his son, Owen, embrace the unfamiliar and forge a closer bond.
T, March 2014
Online

A Star Is Born
More than four decades after releasing her little-heard debut album, the folk singer and lifelong dental hygienist Linda Perhacs takes another shot at greatness.
T, February 2014
Online

From Russia With Love
The fashion fairytale of J. Mendel.
T, February 2014
Online

Q+A with Brian Eno
T, November 2013
Online

Jamie Dornan’s Killer Instincts
T, September 2013
Online

Rose Byrne Is On Fire
Details, June 2013
Online

Tastemaker: Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci
Details, March 2013
Online

Q+A with Ralph Fiennes
Details, February 2012
Online

Eleanor Friedberger
Interview, August 2011
Online

Q+A with Kevin Bacon
Details, June 2011
Online

Q+A with David Chang
Details, May 2011
Online

Q+A with Grant Achatz
Details, March 2011
Online

The Long-Lifespan Cell Phone
The New York Times Magazine, December 2010
Online

Mavericks 2010
Jason Bateman and Will Arnett, DumbDumb
Details, October 2010
Online

Q+A with Marc Newson
Details.com, September 2010
Online

Diner’s Club
Eat your heart out, bottle service—nightlife’s new meal ticket is the sit-down supper.
Details, September 2010
Online

Xavier Dolan
Interview, August 2010
Online

Bringing Outdoor Sexy Back
Interview, June 2010
Online

Political Corruption, The American Way
GOOD, May 2010
Online

Do-Good Design
T, May 2010
Online

Bicycles Built for You
T, April 2010
Online | View Print Magazine

Eyes Have It
T, April 2010
Online | View Print Magazine

Can Animation Help Stop Climate Change?
GOOD, March 2010
Online

How China’s Big Quake Shook Out
GOOD, March 2010
Online

Two Documentaries Ask: Who Really Lives in Middle America?
GOOD, February 2010
Online

Mainlining Wikipedia
A handheld Wikipedia reader raises as many questions as it answers.
I.D., January 2010
PDF

The I.D. 40: This We Know
I.D., January 2010
PDF

Jan/Feb I.D. Editor’s Note:
Change-Mongering
If design’s time for change has come, where does it go from here?
I.D., January 2010
PDF

The 9th Annual Year in Ideas
The New York Times Magazine, December 13, 2009
The Kitchen Sink That Puts Out Fires: Online
The Hourglass Surfboard: Online
Heritage Chic: Online

2009 New + Notable: Maharam Digital Projects
I.D., November 2009
PDF

Playing With Their Heads
Hasbro and RISD team up on an educational initiative modeled after the board game Cranium.
I.D., September 2009
PDF

Q+A: Frank Lantz, Co-founder of area/code
I.D., September 2009
PDF

Sept/Oct I.D. Editor’s Note:
Play It As It Lays
In tough times, designers can still have fun.
I.D., September 2009
PDF

55th Annual Design Review: Interactive Awards
I.D., July 2009
Online Excerpt

Open for Business
Open-source hardware developer Bug Labs offers a game-changing solution for upstart gadget makers.
I.D., June 2009
PDF

Retail Oriented
Designers can make and sell nearly anything at the online object factory Ponoko
I.D., June 2009
PDF

Sasha Fierce
She’s barely old enough to drink, but porn star Sasha Grey has already appeared in more than 150 adult movies. Now she’s starring in the latest from Steven Soderbergh. A crossover bid? Not really—she’s just diversifying her brand
V Man, May 2009
Online

Guys on the Rise
Diego Luna: Born To Be Tough
V Man, May 2009
PDF

Love and Consequences
With two new films about romantic passion and its turbulent aftermath, actor Louis Garrel secures his reputation as France’s next great sex symbol
V, March 2009
PDF

Michael Fassbender
The steely Irish-German actor pushed his body to the brink to portray I.R.A. soldier Bobby Sands’s 1981 hunger strike
V Man, February 2009
Online

Seeing Other People
Friending, poking, Twittering—social networking holds us all captive. Now may be the time for users to take control.
Print, February 2009
Online

Scene Stealers: Josh Brolin
V, January 2009
PDF

The I.D. 40
I.D., January 2009
Stamen Design: Online
Kiel Mead: PDF

Brother Act
With their new HBO show, DIY filmmakers the Neistat Brothers seek to bring some humanity back to the movies
V, Winter 2008/09
V magazine digital edition

Cooling Trend
Nike improves on its ice-filled vest for hardcore athletes.
I.D., September 2008
PDF

Type for All Types
Print, August 2008
PDF

Still Walking on Air
High-wire artist Philippe Petit, the subject of the new documentary Man on Wire, reflects on a career spent reaching for the skies
V Man, August 2009
Online

54th Annual Design Review: Interactive Awards
I.D., July 2008
Online Excerpt

Making Change
Motorola Envisions a World Without Cash Registers
I.D., May 2008
PDF

Back to the Future
Why Are So Many Web Designers Partying Like It’s 1996?
I.D., January 2008
Online | HTML

The Other Side of the City
City of Men, the new companion piece to the acclaimed City of God, offers a humane take on the violence in Rio de Janeiro’s hillside shantytowns.
Tribeca Film, February 2008
Online

The I.D. 40: Seth Kinmont
I.D., January 2008
Online

Uncharted Waters
With her first documentary, A Walk into the Sea, director Esther Robinson exhumes the legacy of her late uncle Danny Williams while offering a fresh take on Andy Warhol’s Factory.
Tribeca Film, December 2007
Online

Deep Dive
Motorola and Gensler design an ocean-themed learning center.
I.D., November 2007
PDF

Hello Out There
OpenMoko unlocks the future of the mobile phone.
I.D., November 2007
PDF

Mane Line
Reebok’s new shoes are inspired by Voltron.
I.D., November 2007
PDF

Chasing the Devil
Directors Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern discuss their powerful documentary The Devil Came on Horseback, an account of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Darfur and the one man who felt he had to do something about it.
Tribeca Film, November 2007
Online

A Portrait of the Art Collector, and the Young Man
First-time director James Crump reflects on his new documentary, Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe, which explores middle-aged art collector Sam Wagstaff’s complex relationship with superstar photographer Robert Mapplethorpe during the 1970s and ‘80s.
Tribeca Film, November 2007
Online

The Dark Is Rising
With Darkon, a compelling documentary portrait of the world of live-action role-players, coming to IFC this November, Brooklyn production company SeeThink finds its place in the indie film universe.
Tribeca Film, September 2007
Online

53rd Annual Design Review: Interactive Awards
I.D., July 2007
Online Excerpt

Wake-Up Call
Tips for Making and Selling a Student Project—As Offered by Clocky’s Inventor
I.D., June 2007
PDF

Decolonizing the Colonel: The Afterlives of KFCs
I.D., May 2007
PDF | HTML

What Can Brown Do for You?
Microsoft’s Zune Heralds a Return to Chocolatey Hues
I.D., March 2007
Online | Also syndicated to BusinessWeek as Brown Is the New Black

The I.D. 40: Collectives
I.D., January 2007
Robotany: PDF
Preemptive Media: PDF
Revolutions on Request: PDF

The Long and Winding Road
Design Students Learn the Nitty-Gritty of Manufacturing—Or Try To
I.D., December 2006
PDF

Here’s to Your Beauty
Collectanea*, November 2006
Online

Please Don’t Feed the Animals: Natalie Jeremijenko’s Hands-On Environmentalism
RES, July 2006
PDF | HTML

History Train: Faun Fables’ Subway Theater
RES, July 2006
PDF

Reaction Office
I.D., June 2006
PDF

The Great Communicator
I.D., May 2006
PDF

Concert in the Park: Free Jazz with Joe McPhee
Epitonic.com, May 2006
Online

Remains in Light: Hiro Yamagata’s Art for a New Afghanistan
I.D., March 2006
PDF

What a Scanner Sees: Richard Linklater Animates a Philip K. Dick Classic
RES, January 2006
PDF | HTML

The Continuing Resurrection of John Fahey
RES, January 2006
PDF

Our Band Could Be Our Life: Adding Up Animal Collective’s Parts
RES, November 2005
PDF | Online

Shopocalypse Now! Q+A with Reverend Billy
RES, May 2005
PDF | Longer Interview Online

Making Sense of a Mod World
RES, May 2005
PDF

2005 RES 10: Institute for Applied Autonomy
RES, March 2005
PDF

The World in a Glance: Q+A with Malcolm Gladwell
RES, January 2005
Online

Passion Plays: Foreign Films Raise Emotional Stakes
RES, November 2004
PDF

The Citizen Actor: Gael García Bernal’s Sense of Duty
RES, November 2004
PDF | Online

Politics, Any Way You Slice It
RES, September 2004
PDF | Online

Making the World 125% Better: The New Open Labs
RES, September 2004
Online

Underdogs: The Coup’s Funky Revolution
RES, July 2004
PDF | Online

Signs and Systems: Q+A with Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown
RES, May 2004
PDF | Longer Interview Online: Part One, Part Two

Freedom’s Just Another Word for Chan Marshall’s Blues
RES, March 2003
PDF





Miscellaneous

Tribeca Film Festival Screen Grabs columns, 2007
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RES Editor’s Notes, 2005-2006
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