Selected Work

A Safe Haven for Whom?

Review of 'Giving Up Baby,' by Laury Oaks

Originally published September/October 2015 in Pacific Standard

On Christmas Eve, 2007, a blond woman in her late 30s arrived at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, with a crying newborn in her arms. The woman had given birth alone at home and tied off the umbilical cord with a rubber band.

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LA Existential

The Third Los Angeles: Can It Truly Become a Green, Sustainable City?

Originally published April 19, 2015 in Slate

Earlier this month, Gov. Jerry Brown’s announcement of California’s first-ever mandatory restrictions on water use drew attention to the state’s uneasy relationship with its natural resources.

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Tube-Tied

In our era of ultrapersonalized viewing, why do we still allow TVs to infiltrate our public spaces?

Originally published February 1, 2015 in Slate

Not long ago, I arrived at an Amtrak station near my home in Southern California and was struck by its pleasant atmosphere: high ceilings, a spare design, a clean and airy waiting room with light streaming in the windows.

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