Archive for the 'Latest Journalism' Category

    A Biocentrist History of the American West

    Monday, October 31st, 2016

    (Originally published at Harper’s, as a companion to my investigation of the USDA’s Wildlife Services) When in the late nineteenth century millions of cattle and sheep invaded the ecosystems of the American West, it produced, as historian Donald Worster writes, “the explosive, shattering effect of all-out war.” Native plants were trampled beneath hooves and replaced […]

    Latest in Harper’s: An Investigation of the USDA’s Wildlife Services and its war on the wild

    Monday, October 31st, 2016

    My latest piece in Harper’s is about the stupid, cruel, wanton waste of the USDA’s wildlife slaughter program called Wildlife Services. Read all about it here and weep.

    Extinction, the New Environmentalism and the Cancer in the Wilderness

    Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

    [Originally published at CounterPunch] The word is in from the wildlife biologists. Say goodbye in North America to the gray wolf, the cougar, the grizzly bear. They are destined for extinction sometime in the next 40 years. Say goodbye to the Red wolf and the Mexican wolf and the Florida panther. Gone the jaguar, the […]

    HARPER’S, EARTH ISLAND JOURNAL, VICE

    Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

    My latest in Harper’s was the cover of the February issue, a story about the plundering of the public lands of the American West by the livestock industry. Find it here. For Earth Island Journal’s Spring 2015 cover story, I spent five days backpacking in Grand Canyon National Park for an investigation into the idiocies […]

    Drought, Wolves, Plagiarists, Our Eastern Forests Ruined, and the Deserts of Utah too

    Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

    I’ve been neglecting this website for more important things — like, you know, life — but readers have been complaining. Forthwith an update on my latest work. In Harper’s last April: a story of drought and the Southwest. In Vice Magazine last February: a story of infiltrating a bloodthirsty wolf-and-coyote derby in Idaho, where contestants […]

    Latest in Harper’s and the American Prospect

    Monday, May 28th, 2012

    My latest for Harper’s, published in the January issue, is about the normalized criminality of the banking and mortgage industry, as the plundering of the American homeowner continues apace. The American Prospect last December published a piece of mine about Occupy called “The New Populists: The Rise and Fall of Zuccotti Park.” Also in the […]

    Reculer pour Mieux Sauter: Facebook and the Degradation of Personhood

    Monday, May 28th, 2012

    Behold homo sapiens lashed on the wheel of the digital social network: held frozen over a computer which is tied by a cord to a wall wherein the fiberglass cable carries the message; staring into the lit screen, the face pale in the unnatural light; or, with head bent in the street, the appearance sullen, […]

    Latest pieces: The Wild Coyotes of New York…Harper’s…Earth Island Journal

    Sunday, October 31st, 2010

    Couple pieces to check out: I’ve been spending time hunting in the Bronx and Manhattan for the wild coyotes of New York City, which I write about in the latest issue of Orion magazine.  Earth Island Journal published my piece about night-hiking in the canyonlands of Utah and the disappearance of true night in America.  […]

    Vermont Revolutionaries and the Rise of a Green Tea Party

    Monday, October 11th, 2010

    The most radical antiwar candidate in the US is not Dennis Kucinich or Rand or Ron Paul or any of the usual suspects. It’s a 42-year-old Vermonter named Dennis Steele, who is running for governor of his state as an open secessionist. From what I can tell, Steele is just an average dude. He wears […]

    The Trouble with Corporate Personhood: Freedom of Speech for a Fiction

    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

    I often correspond with a long-time Washington DC operator named Leigh Ratiner, who spent 40 years in government, serving under Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Reagan, with cabinet-level posts in the Defense Department, under the Secretary of the Interior, in the Department of Energy, and in the State Department. Usually I’m prompted to contact […]

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