Feature Writing


The sweet, sad song of a wild child and a forgotten samurai who lost themselves, found each other, got better, got worse, rescued a neighborhood, saved the girl who wouldn’t smile—and finally found peace.

Here We Are

An hour from Chicago sits a town started by a runaway slave that ranks as one of the nation’s poorest places. Where running water and electricity are not givens. There, amid the broken promises of outside help, you will find a remarkable spirit of resiliency. Welcome to Pembroke.

Essays and Criticism

The Friend

His wife was just thirty-four. They had two little girls. The cancer was everywhere, and the parts of dying that nobody talks about were about to start. His best friend came to help out for a couple weeks. And he never left.


Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?

For half a century, memories of the Holocaust limited anti-Semitism on the Continent. That period has ended—the recent fatal attacks in Paris and Copenhagen are merely the latest examples of rising violence against Jews. Renewed vitriol among right-wing fascists and new threats from radicalized Islamists have created a crisis, confronting Jews with an agonizing choice.

Public Interest

The New American Slavery

The H-2 visa program invites foreign workers to do some of the most menial labor in America. Then it leaves them at the mercy of their employers. Thousands of these workers have been abused — deprived of their fair pay, imprisoned, starved, beaten, raped, and threatened with deportation if they dare complain. And the government says it can do little to help.