Sex, Books, Astronomy, and Other Reporting

“Mars Landing Broadcast in Spanish,” MultiLingual Magazine, February 17, 2021
A look at NASA’s Spanish language programming for the Mars Perseverance rover landing.

“How to Read Like Mark Twain,” Smithsonian Magazine, September 2019
Writer Samuel Clemens read some pretty surprising things. [Print only.]

“When It’s OK to Allow Literature to Influence Dining,” Boston Globe, June 17, 2019
Why read when you can eat? A look at the phenomenon of literary diets.

“Oh, You’re Freelance? Good Luck Renting an Apartment,” The Outline, May 16, 2019
Pre-gig economy requirements make renting unnecessarily difficult for New York City freelancers.

“Do Literacy Programs Like Big Reads Really Work?,” The Outline, May 1, 2019
The true results of city-wide reading programs can’t be measured.

“Lost Translations,” The Outline, April 16, 2019
US readers want books from around the world, so why can’t publishers deliver them?

“Why Would One Man Read Mark Twain’s Whole Library?,” The Guardian, April 1, 2019
Dr Alan Gribben has spent 45 years navigating fakes and tracking down lost tomes to study Samuel Clemens’ book collection.

“Philip Roth’s Apartment Is on the Market – but His Privacy Shouldn’t Be,” The Guardian, March 21, 2019
A reflection on the invasiveness of literary tourism.

“What a Journalist Won’t Tell You about Your PR Company,” Quartz, March 7, 2019
Most companies hire public relations firms because they want more press. But the tricks many agencies use often backfire.

“In Rick Riordan’s World, ADHD Is Heroic — INTERVIEW,” Romper, March 2, 2019
In an exclusive interview, middle-grade author Rick Riordan discusses Attention Deficit, representation in children’s fiction, and smash hit series Percy Jackson.

“Magnanimous Pornographer Offers Discounts to Government Workers in Shutdown,” Inverse, January 18, 2019
Furloughed federal employees can watch for free at porn site xHamster. [Same day coverage.]

“Self-Help Books for People Who Hate Self-Help,” Next Avenue, January 11, 2019
Novels to help handle stress from politics, relationships, work, money, and health.

“The Five Essential Jane Austen-Premised Novels,” Vulture, January 3, 2019
In a world of Austen adaptions, these books use the cult of Jane to create plots that are completely new.

“Tell Me What You See,” Playboy, Winter 2019
How one streaming porn site is using visual recognition and virtual reality to analyze your every desire. [Print only.]

“Where Has All the Sex Advice for Men Gone?,” Quill, Winter 2018
In a post #metoo era, men’s magazines are pulling sex from their pages. Experts say they shouldn’t.

“Five Subterranean Cities,” Cara, December 2018/January 2019
Underground tourist attractions in New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

“The Books You Should Pack For 4 Types of Flights,” Mental Floss, October 12, 2018
A fiction listicle for readers who travel.

“How To Watch Porn Together,” AskMen, October 1, 2018
A sex expert shares the healthy way to introduce porn into a relationship.

“A Book by Any Other Name: Why Does the US Change So Many Titles?,” The Guardian, September 13, 2018
(Included in Vox’s list of the week’s best writing on books.)
An apologetic for English-to-English title localization

“Anyone Can Be a Sexpert — But Some People Shouldn’t,” Playboy, June 6, 2018
There’s no clear path to becoming a sex therapist.

“Why Asking Her To Masturbate Makes Her Uncomfortable,” AskMen UK, April 3, 2018
A sex therapist shares the reasons why some women don’t like touching themselves in front of their partners.

“Looking for God?,” BBC Sky at Night, April 2018
Jesuit scientists discuss recent astronomy research from the Vatican Observatory. [Print only.]

“4-H without a Farm: Does the Program Have a Future in Big Cities?,” AGDAILY, December 6, 2017
In Manhattan, where 80% of the ground is covered by asphalt, it’s easy to ask whether agricultural youth program 4-H has a place.

“In the Age of Trump, the US Media Is Turning French—and That Might Not Be a Good Thing,” Quartz, July 14, 2017
Bias in reporting means modern American journalism may have more in common with French revolutionary press than you think.

“On the Sale of Kramerbooks & Afterwords,” Book Riot, March 24, 2017
An op-ed expressing my concerns over the recent sale of a well-loved Washington, DC bookstore.

“‘Super’ Girl? Looking at Season 2 of Supergirl,” FreakSugar, February 23, 2017
The CW’s “Supergirl” has been amazing if you’re a comic book fan–not so super if you’re a girl.

“The Top 5 Things ‘The Good Wife’ Fans Need from ‘The Good Fight,'” Paste, February 14, 2017
A listicle of what “The Good Wife” fans need to see from the show’s spin-off, “The Good Fight.”

“‘Let the Leaking Begin,'” The Intercept_, February 3, 2017
Longtime NASA watchdog Keith Cowing welcomes new rogue agency Tweeters like @RogueNASA.

“4 Erotic Novelists on What Makes ‘Fifty Shades’ Sex Scenes So Over-the-Top Steamy,” Marie Claire, January 25, 2017
Erotic novelists give their advice on how to have the sex you only read about before. (Article reprinted by Cosmo India January 30th.)

“Today’s Hidden Figures: Meet the Black Women Working at NASA,” Marie Claire, December 30, 2016
Profile of six African American women working at NASA today.