The Believer | October-November 2019
Weather Reports: Voices from Xinjiang
An oral history of China's mass internment drive
It was in some mountainous place. We drove out in a windowless van with a metal grate inside. I couldn’t see anything. Before, at the police station, they’d given me a medical exam. They’d taken a blood sample. I couldn’t understand what my sentence was—what I’d done wrong.
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Winner, Jamal Khashoggi Award for Courageous Journalism
Winner, The Reporting Award, NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
The New York Times Magazine | April 1, 2018
The Floating World
Persecuted on land, members of Cambodia’s ethnic Vietnamese minority take shelter in improvised villages spread across the surface of the Mekong River’s waterways.
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Anthologized in Best American Travel Writing 2019
Harper's Magazine | October 2017
States of Decay
Someone told me I could find a reclaimed uranium mill in Tuba City, so I drove up from Flagstaff through the Arizona badlands.
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Winner, 2018 Western Writers of America, Best Short Nonfiction
Notable Mention, Best American Travel Writing 2018
Virginia Quarterly Review | Spring 2017
The Useful Village
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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Finalist, 2018 National Magazine Award, Feature Writing
Citation, 2018 Ed Cunningham Award, Overseas Press Club
Winner, 2017 Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction
The New Yorker | Online
In 2013, a Stanford medievalist accidentally discovered a secret world of art dealers who destroy artifacts to sell their disjecta membra. I decided to track one down.
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Granta Magazine | Issue 137 | Online
A Land without Strangers
All nations strive toward the superlative. Poland happens to be one of the most homogenous countries on earth.
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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. At the moment, someone tries to burn one of these improvised hostels to the ground every two to three days.
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The New Yorker | Online
Reporting on art crimes, mysteries, asylum rights, and more.
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