Posts filed under ‘Newspapers and magazines’

Coco Robicheaux in New York City

Coco Robicheaux at LaGuardia Airport, New York City, November 2005

Sad news from New Orleans: musician Coco Robicheaux died on November 25.

I spent some time with Coco in New York City in late 2005. He landed there for a while after Hurricane Katrina. He was a beguiling man. A friend said, “It sounds like he was a museum of himself.” That’s a good way to put it.

Click through to read a profile of Coco Robicheaux I finished in November 2005. (more…)

December 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm 4 comments

The Disaster Tab

With the natural disasters on the rise, any business with a “global presence” ought to think about its global exposure to hurricanes, earthquakes, and other calamities.

Some businesses are better prepared than others, as I found in this feature from the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of One, the magazine for the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

December 2, 2011 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

The War You See, and the War You Don’t

News networks have always had to make compromises to get access to dangerous battle zones. Did they go too far in acquiescing to Israel’s and Hezbollah’s demands during their 2006 war? From CJR Daily.


November 8, 2011 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

A Search for Meaning in the Pacific Northwest

A review of Jon Raymond’s Livability at High Country News.

November 8, 2011 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

The Wire’s Lessons for Urban Journalism

The premiere of the fifth season of The Wire rekindled a vicious dispute between David Simon and his former editors at the Baltimore Sun. It has gotten personal, but can we learn anything about how we report on our cities from the substance beneath the bickering? Find out in “Secrets of the City,” the cover story from the January/February 2008 issue of Columbia Journalism Review.

November 7, 2011 at 11:25 pm Leave a comment

Drill, Baby, Drill–No, really, baby…you can now

This piece from September 2008 reported on a decades-old offshore drilling ban just as it was about to expire. From Plenty Magazine.

November 7, 2011 at 10:57 pm Leave a comment

Megarisks and Megarewards

To do business is to seize opportunity and evaluate risk—and megacities provide the mother lode of both. This “By the Numbers” piece from Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business’s One Magazine compares Tokyo, São Paulo, and Lagos.

November 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm Leave a comment

Buprenorphine: Harm Reduction or Scourge?

In 2007, the Baltimore Sun published a heavily reported exposé on abuse and street sales of buprenorphine, a drug that had been hailed as a breakthrough for treating opiate addiction. Here’s a critical look at the series from Columbia Journalism Review.

November 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm Leave a comment

Catch Him if You Can

A review of David Samuels’s The Runner, from High Country News.

November 7, 2011 at 1:18 am Leave a comment

Katrina Washout

Apart from this article in the Washington Times, Katrina recovery was mostly absent from coverage of the 2008 campaign trail. In this 2008 Columbia Journalism Review piece, reporters who have been covering the Gulf Coast tell us what questions they would like to ask the candidates.

November 7, 2011 at 1:16 am Leave a comment

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- Disappearing Ink released its first album, "There Is No Time and Nothing's Been," in December 2014. It's available on iTunes.
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- The Art of Social Critique: Painting Mirrors of Social Life includes my chapter "New Possibilities and Old Limitations of Political Art in The Wire."
- You can still buy my 2004 self-titled EP.