Harper's Magazine | October 2017
States of Decay
Winner, 2018 Western Writers of America Spur Award, Best Short Nonfiction
The panorama of carbon-based life wheeled on, living and dying, falling into lightless caverns and bearing fossilized witness to the precipitation of a metal formed inside supernovas, a metal so heavy it does not want to exist. Uranium, from Uranus, child of Gaia, father of Titans.
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VQR | Spring 2017
The Useful Village
Finalist, 2018 National Magazine Award, Feature Writing
Winner, 2017 Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction
In the fall of 2015, Germany designated Sumte, population 102, as a sanctuary for nearly 800 refugees. What followed was a living experiment in the country’s principles.
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Granta Magazine | Issue 140 | Online
Hallelujah! A Brief History of Bombing People
Bombing has always functioned as a weapon one class or race uses enthusiastically against another, and only rarely against its own – and then always accompanied by extravagant performances of remorse.
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The London Review of Books | Vol. 38 No. 18
Diary (On an Arson Epidemic)
As towns across Germany have accepted their federal allocation of asylum seekers, administrators have fashioned shelters out of disused factories, motels and parish houses, usually on the outskirts of town. At the moment, someone tries to burn one of these improvised hostels to the ground every two to three days.
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VICE Magazine | Vol. 22 No. 11 | November 2015
The Ballad of Murder Eyez: In Syria with Germany's Refugee Rapper
In peacetime, Abdul Rahman Masri became one of Syria's most celebrated rappers. Now a refugee in Germany, he's determined to speak for his home nation's lost generation.
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