Other writing

Selected articles, essays, and excerpts:

How Putin’s War Is Sinking Climate Science,” Nautilus magazine, March 18, 2022

What surviving Arctic disaster can teach us about life in awful times,” The Washington Post, January 11, 2021

Mission to the Frozen North,” The New York Review of Books (NYR Daily), January 5, 2021

My Midlife Crisis as a Russian Sailor,” Outside Magazine, Journeys issue, June/July 2020

Trump’s ‘Migrant Protection Protocols’ hurt the people they’re supposed to help,” The Washington Post, July 18, 2019

I (Kinda) Hate Running,” Outside Online, July 9, 2019

‘Some Suburb of Hell’: America’s New Concentration Camp System,” The New York Review of Books (NYR Daily), June 21, 2019

How the Trump Administration’s Border Camps Fit into the History of Concentration Camps,” GQ, June 18, 2019

The Small-Town West Virginia Bookstore That Helped Me Survive My Terrible Childhood,” Zócalo Public Square, April 30, 2019

If Trump declares a state of emergency, he might actually cause one,” The Washington Post, January 8, 2019

How Concentration Camp Prisoners Found Comfort in Imaginary Feasts,” Zócalo Public Square, December 4, 2018

Gitmo Started as a Detention Camp for Immigrants,” The Daily Beast, June 23, 2018

Donald Trump Is Still Setting Up Concentration Camps on American Soil,” Haaretz, June 21, 2018

Trump’s Tent City for Children Is a Concentration Camp,” Zócalo Public Square, June 21, 2018

In the Deepest Arctic, Sled Dogs, Polar Bears and Famed Seed Vault Face Melting Snow and Ice,” The Washington Post, May 26, 2018

Hell-On,” an introduction to the new Neko Case album, ANTI- Records, March 15, 2018

The Invention and Evolution of the Concentration Camp,” Zócalo Public Square, October 18, 2017

How Burma Built Concentration Camps and Got Away with It,” a book excerpt from One Long Night on The Daily Beast, October 9, 2017

If All I Was Was Black,” an introduction to the new Mavis Staples album, ANTI- Records, September 11, 2017

The Day Will Pass Away: The Diary of a Gulag Prison Guard 1935-1936,” a review for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 11, 2017

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” Slate, June 13, 2017

America’s dangerously shallow understanding of the Holocaust,” Vox, May 4, 2017

The Bitter History of ‘Law and Order’ in America,” Longreads, April 6, 2017

Trump Revives a Shameful Tradition: Targeting a Minority Group with Crime Reports,” Longreads, February 8, 2017

In the Wake of Pearl Harbor, a Secret Intel Report Could’ve Stopped the Internment Camps,” Zócalo Public Square, January 18, 2017

What We Get Wrong About Hannah Arendt,” Longreads, January 17, 2017

Enemy Aliens,” Lapham’s Quarterly, Foreigners issue, Winter 2015

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book,” a review for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 1, 2014

Nabokov Wins One for the Islanders,” McSweeney’s, May 1, 2013. In which New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov is fused with his literary namesake.