“Into the Field: Why Science Education Needs to Leave the Classroom” in Orion Magazine

I am following a van full of Prescott College students down a dusty road, descending from the plains of north-central Arizona toward the cliffs of the Verde River. Prescott College, affectionately known by… Continue reading

“The Lure of the Hunt: How Falconry is Faring in America” in Virginia Quarterly Review

The first thing I notice, as if there’s anything else remarkable about this scrubby swath of suburbia, is the glinting network of 9,000 solar panels, cordoned off by a chain-link fence: not the… Continue reading

“The Edge of Extraordinary” in Vela Magazine

Excerpted from Vela Magazine: I had gone into science for the awe, but I eventually discovered that continuing on that path would mean that most of my life would be made up of… Continue reading

“The art of butchery,” in Aeon Magazine

In the past several decades, the world’s meat consumption has risen, reaching a new peak in 2002 at 219 lbs (just over 99 kg) per person, Fitzgerald says. Slaughtering methods have become even… Continue reading

“Within this Kingdom,” in Fourth Genre

1. Last summer I repotted several cymbidium orchids. “Orchid” likely conjures up the loveliest of flowers, something too delicate to mess with, but the cymbidiums needed a firm hand. Over time they had… Continue reading

“On Reading a Killer’s Manifesto,” in Vela Magazine

Over Memorial Day weekend, I enjoyed an idyllic three days with friends. When they left on Tuesday, I returned to the world and caught up on the news I’d been missing. I’d heard… Continue reading

“Lives and Past Lives,” in Vela Magazine

Long before I met Ben, and before I had that echoey apartment, I lived in a one-room log cabin that sat by a little pond in the woods. I lived there for two… Continue reading

“Biological Parents,” in The Magazine

One day during his senior year of high school in Wilmington, Delaware, Rich Pell stayed after school to watch a spider get “silked.” His school was near the headquarters of DuPont, the global… Continue reading

“Concerning couguar,” in Terrain

Concerning Lyons, I will not say that I ever saw any my selfe, but some affirme that they have seene a Lyon at Cape Anne which is not above six leagues from Boston;… Continue reading

“Erratics,” in Imagination & Place: Cartography

The nosebleed was the first sign that I was probably out of my element. “Shit, honey, you have blood on your face,” Ben said. We’d only been hiking for twenty minutes and had… Continue reading