Contributor to PRI's The World
I actually started my career as an indie-rock singer and spent most of my time in far-flung bars and basements from Olympia, Washington to Arkhangelsk, Russia, where I was psyched to learn there are rock clubs even in the Arctic Circle. Perhaps it was these years spent in distant hidey-holes singing to four forlorn Swedes that keeps me inspired, as a writer, to seek out stories that are unusual, arcane and perhaps interesting only to me.
In addition to reporting for PRI's The World, I am the author of the essay collection, You Must Go and Win, and the novel, Note to Self (both published by Faber). My writing has also appeared in The New York Times, New York Times Magazine and The Wall Street Journal, among other places.
Lifestyle & Belief
About once a month, I meet a bearded guy in the lobby of my apartment building. He hands me a paper bag. I hand him some money. Yeah, I’ll admit it — I’m an addict. A cookie addict.
Arts, Culture & Media
In Japan, the cat café capital, the cats are considered "laborers." At Meow Parlour in New York, the cats are "in business for themselves."
Science, Tech & Environment
Her mother was hacked and her data ransomed. So what was her first step after the ordeal was over? Backing up her own computer to stop hackers.
Conflict & Justice
A pair of Russian and Ukrainian entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay area thought they'd hire engineers from home as a cost-saving measure. But with the conflict in Ukraine, and the economy tanking in Russia, all their "outsourced" employees want to come to the US.
Health & Medicine
You think it's dark and cold on the shortest day of the year? Imagine what it's like in Russia — which is almost entirely above the 49th parallel that makes up the majority of the continental US' northern border — where they just got rid of daylight savings.