Narrative Nonfiction

Journalism samples:


The Mysterious Disappearance – and Strange Reappearance – of Dr. William Horatio Bates. Published on Mental Floss, March 8, 2018.


Salvaged from the Sea. Two rare books with shipwreck provenance go to auction. Published in Fine Books & Collections, December 2017.


Experimenting with the Okey Sisters, published on the Powell’s Books blog, October 2017.


Comrade Johns: Oregon’s Socialist Presidential Candidate, published in the Oregon Historical Quarterly, Winter 2015.


A Man’s Guide to Scooters, published on The Art of Manliness, June 2015.


A Gentleman’s Guide to Collecting Books, published on The Art of Manliness, September 2014.


A Novelist Inspired by Vintage Snapshots, published in Fine Books & Collections, January 2014. An interview with novelist Ransom Riggs.


The Magic of Encyclopedia Britannica’s 11th Edition, published in The Guardian, April 10, 2012. An investigation of the eternal appeal of the eleventh edition of the Britannica, published between 1910 and 1911.

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What the Butler Did, published in The Believer, September, 2011.  A lengthy discussion of the origin of an enduring mystery cliche: the murderous butler.


The Americanist, published in Fine Books & Collections, September 2011.  An interview with 84 year old rare book dealer Norman Kane.


The Lung-Gom-Pa Runners of Old Tibet, published in Trail Runner magazine, September, 2011.  “Exploring the mystery behind an ancient Buddhist practice.”


Why Do We Think the Butler Did It?, published in the Guardian, December 9, 2010.  An overview of murderous butlers in fiction.


Literary Edinburgh, feature story, published in Fine Books and Collections, Summer, 2010.  A bibliophile’s guide to Edinburgh.


Border Ballads, published in Fine Books and Collections Magazine, May, 2010.  The story of Sir Watler Scott and the traditional ballads of the Scottish border country.