ESSAYS

The Know Nothings – The Brooklyn Paper, November 17, 2007
Gobble, gobble! This year’s “Big Turkey” contest yielded a cornucopia of funny, sad, touching and embarrassing Thanksgiving stories.

Sam and I meet Mrs. Chase – Smith Magazine, September 6, 2007
In the wake of labor day, we wondered: What’s the weirdest or worst job you ever had?

TRAVEL

Chicago Chicago – The Costco Connection, November 1998.
Travel story extolling Chicago and its false bravado.

Barn in the U.S.A.: A Rural Phemon – U.S.News & World Report, March 17, 1997
Traveling exhibit commemorates America’s disappearing rural landmarks.

Kvetch as Kvetchers Can – U.S.News & World Report, February 10, 1997
The Borsht Belt comes to the Midwest in a museum exhibit on Jewish humor.

INVESTIGATIONS

Need Work? Go to Jail – U.S.News & World Report, December 9, 1996
Prison labor exists in America too. Here’s how corporations are going behind bars to employ low-paid workers.

All Tied Up in Knots – U.S.News & World Report, July 29, 1996
Despite deregulation, the quality of telephone customer service is deteriorating.

Watch that Pay Phone – U.S.News & World Report, June 26, 1995
You could get hit with a whopping bill when using a calling card from a payphone.

The New Redlining – U.S.News & World Report, April 17, 1995
Low-income neighborhoods have less access to banking services despite rules designed to extend credit and bank branches to all communities.

The Politics of Money – U.S.News & World Report, September 20, 1993
Municipal bond firms donate heaps of political contributions in exchange for lucrative underwriting jobs.

SPORTS

Sound and Fury By Dave Kindred. – Entertainment Weekly, March 10, 2006

The Bases Were Loaded (And So Was I) By Tom Callahan. – Entertainment Weekly, April 30, 2004

How Would Cosell Put It? Lately, Monday Night Football’s Schedule Is Lugubrious – Inside.com, October 15, 2001
The games haven’t been very good, either — and that is testing one of the most consistent franchises in prime time. Tonight’s Cowboys-Redskins matchup features two 0-4 teams — a first in 32 years of ABC broadcasts.

It’s Not Easy Being Mike: Jordan Is Asked to Carry a Team — and a League — on His Back – Inside.com, September 26, 2001
Look carefully, however, and there are many reasons why the NBA can’t oversell the world’s greatest basketball player to networks negotiating to carry its games. If he can’t make it to playoffs, and play for a while, even his affect will be minimal.

Is the Sky the Limit for Live Sports Television? – Inside.com, September 05, 2001
Several companies are looking at ways to obtain the broadcast rights to provide major-league entertainment for weary — and mostly wealthy — air travelers tired of the usual retreads.

NBA Looks For the Open Man as Its Contract With NBC Runs Out – Inside.com, May 22, 2001
NBC Sports wants to come back at a less-than-exorbitant price, but another bidder, like Disney’s ABC-ESPN combination, could block that shot.

Prosecution slap shot – U.S.News & World Report, February 7, 2000
Taking sport to court.

No business slam dunk – U.S.News & World Report, January 31, 2000
His Airness has been in a financial slump.

Oysters, scotch, and hoops – U.S.News & World Report, November 15, 1999
New sports arenas are dens of luxury. They may also fail.

A Pilgrimage to Pigskin Paradise – As appeared in U.S.News & World Report’s Great Vacation Drives, Spring 1997 A visit to the new College Football Hall of Fame

Marshmallows Then, Rose Bowl Now – U.S.News & World Report, December 25, 1995
Northwestern University football coach Gary Barnett turned the perennial cellar-dwellers into Big Ten champions.

Courting big-time commercial success – U.S.News & World Report, December 11, 1995
Women’s hoops have come a long way. Look for more TV deals, endorsements and pro league.

David Falk – U.S.News & World Report, December 11, 1995
An offensive threat for NBA players.

ARTS

Sticks and Stones – U.S.News & World Report, March 11, 1999
A children’s museum exhibit uses slurs to make a point. So what do kids get out of it?

Frank Lloyd Wright Wronged – A Web site exclusive, composed August 1997, posted February 1998.
Why don’t architects care about artifice?