Subcultures And Identities

Inside The Decades-Long Hunt for the Mongolian Death Worm” (Atlas Obscura, May 2024)

The Very Alive Woman Conspiracy Nuts Say Died of Monkeypox” (The Daily Beast, June 2022)

“Pandemic and Anti-Vaxxer Conspiracy Theorists Are Making The Ukraine Crisis All About Them” (The Daily Beast, March 2022)

White Nationalists Are Tearing Each Other Apart Over Ukraine” (The Daily Beast, March 2022)

Why Anti-Vaxxers Are Obsessed With Photos of ‘Jelly’ Blood” (The Daily Beast, March 2022)

Ex-Teacher Hawks White-Nationalist Homeschool Lessons” (The Daily Beast, December 2021)

People Thirsty to Reverse Their Coronavirus Vaccination Love This Wacky ‘Treatment’” (The Daily Beast, December 2021)

The Sneaky, Disturbing World of White-Nationalist Wellness” (The Daily Beast, November 2021)

The Anti-Vaxxer Hunt for Dead People Is Getting Even Weirder” (The Daily Beast, April 2021)

Legal Weed Packaging Is Wrecking The Planet. What Are We Going to Do About That?” (Mic, April 2021)

Is This The Most Incendiary COVID Conspiracy Freakout of All?” (The Daily Beast, April 2021)

COVID Truthers’ Impossible Hatred for Dancing Nurses” (The Daily Beast, February 2021)

The New COVID Truther Freakout Is The Most Absurd Yet” (The Daily Beast, February 2021)

This Sketchy Company Wants to Help Anti-Vaxxers Travel” (The Daily Beast, February 2021)

COVID Truthers Absolutely Adore This African Country” (The Daily Beast, February 2021)

COVID Truthers’ New Freakout: Being Forced to Eat Bugs” (The Daily Beast, February 2021)

The Colonization of the Ayahuasca Experience” (JSTOR Daily, November 2020)

The Weird Culture War over Bigfoot As A COVID-19 Icon” (The Daily Beast, October 2020)

Reviving an Indigenous Tradition: Face Tattoos” (Ozy, October 2020)

How ‘Holocough’ Went from Anti-Semitic Threat to COVID-19 Truther Rallying Cry” (The Daily Beast, September 2020)

Into the Vast, Weird World of Guerrilla Wildfire Firefighters” (The Daily Beast, September 2020)

The Bizarre Story of a Far Right Activist Taking COVID Trutherism to Mexico” (The Daily Beast, August 2020)

American Fringes: The Bizarro English Used By Sovereign Citizens” (Ozy, July 2020)

Bat People Are Pleading for Mercy Amid Coronavirus Panic” (Daily Beast, February 2020)

The Woman Who Invented Cannabis Tracking” (Green Entrepreneur, November 2019)

Tips for Opening A Dispensary Where Nobody Wants You” (Green Entrepreneur, November 2019)

Weed Workouts Are Coming to a Gym Near You” (Green Entrepreneur, November 2019)

What Would It Be Like to Get High on Mars?” (Tonic, April 2019)

Is There A Future for Tall Wood Buildings?” (Make Change, September 2018)

These Puking, Bleeding Clowns Are A Forgotten Part of CrossFit’s Identity” (Tonic, June 2018)

These Green Funeral Businesses Want to Freeze or Liquify Your Body after You Die” (Make Change, January 2018)

Who Makes Those Intricate, Expensive Furry Suits?” (VICE, July 2017)

Using Ink to Channel Heritage” (Explore Parts Unknown, July 2017)

This Man Has A Surprising Idea to Help Black Farmers Thrive” (Make Change, March 2017)

How Indian Scientists Transformed Silver into Gold, No Magic Involved / PAYWALL” (Smith Journal [Vol. 22], March 2016)

That Time The United States Tried to Militarize Skateboarding / PAYWALL” (Smith Journal [Vol. 22], March 2016)

Meet NASA’s Office of Planetary Protection / PAYWALL” (Smith Journal [Vol. 22], March 2016)

The Draken Harald Harfagre Expedition / PAYWALL” (Smith Journal [Vol. 21], December 2016)

The Arc of The Atlatl” (Awl, December 2016)

The Absurd History of The Microinternational Olympic Games” (GOOD, October 2016)

The Beautiful, Bizarre, and Tradition-Saving Nomadic Olympics” (GOOD, September 2016)

Claims Adjusters of The Third King: Who Is Alien Abduction Insurance Really For?” (The Awl, June 2016)

The Somali Potentates of Suburbia” (The Awl, May 2016)

“Should Society Embrace Transhumanism? Part Two” (Liberty Project, April 2016)

“What Is The Transhumanist Movement? Part One” (Liberty Project, April 2016)

Fishing Lures / PAYWALL” (Smith Journal [Vol. 18], March 2016)

Facial Reconstructions / PAYWALL” (Smith Journal [Vol. 18], March 2016)

Welcome to The Archaeolympics” (Roads & Kingdoms, March 2016)

The Piha Stays in The Picture” (Roads & Kingdoms, December 2015)

This Star Trek Scholarship has Helped Put Dozens of Trekkers Through School” (VICE, November 2015)

Turf War” (Roads & Kingdoms and SlateAugust 2015)

“A Peace Corps Volunteer Reflects on the Rewards and The Challenges of The Experience” (Liberty Project, August 2015)

“Bug Chasers: How Did This Subculture Come About?” (Liberty Project, August 2015)

“Bug Chasers: Does A Subculture of People Seeking HIV Really Exist?” (Liberty Project, August 2015)

A West African Kingdom in The American South” (GOOD, August 2015)

Meet The Young Artists Creating a K-pop Boy Band with No Korean Members” (VICE, July 2015)

A Czech Libertarian Has Declared A New Micronation in The Balkans” (VICE, April 2015)

We Went to A ‘Death-Positive’ Singles Night And This Is What We Learned” (Details, March 2015)

Nomads on the Grid” (Roads & Kingdoms and SlateDecember 2014)

LARPers Have Created A Real Hogwarts School in Poland” (VICE, December 2014)

Uganda Is Using Adult Circumcision Rituals To Attract Tourism” (VICE, October 2014)

Winters in Antarctica Are Not for The Faint of Heart” (VICE, September 2014)

Meet Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, The Real-Life Dumbledore Behind the World’s Only Wizarding Academy” (VICE, July 2014)

The Boat People of Britain” (Roads & Kingdoms, July 2014)

It’s Hard Out Here For A Male Belly Dancer” (VICE, April 2014)

Long Live King Arthur, Ruler of Stonehenge” (VICE, April 2014)

Degmo Is a Cultural Boot Camp for Somalis in the Welsh Countryside” (VICE, February 2014)

The New Falconry” (Roads & Kingdoms, February 2014)

The US Falconry Revival Can’t Get More American” (VICE, January 2014)

Cryptozoologists Would Like To Be Taken Seriously Now” (VICE, November 2013)

Somaliland’s Circus Performers Are Acrobats with a Social Mission” (VICE, October 2013)

Midgaans and Ethiopians are Fighting for Last Place in Somaliland” (VICE, August 2013)

Clowns without Borders Go Into War Zones Armed Only With Smiles” (VICE, December 2013)