Cultural Reporting and Criticism

Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Andrew Burton/Getty Images

The Mysterious Persistence of the Cronut (New York Times Magazine)

Like any decadent cultural phenomenon worth its salt — or, haha, sugar — the Cronut, when it debuted in May 2013, was an immediate source of both fascination and derision. “After the third day, we had a hundred people waiting outside,” Dominique Ansel, the Cronut’s creator, told me recently. The lines outside Ansel’s bakery seemed to embody all that was wrong with New York in its new Gilded Age: its vulnerability to hype and its willingness to pay obscene prices and endure penitential inconveniences at the hands of culinary auteurs.

Illustrations by    Hallie Bateman

Illustrations by Hallie Bateman

A Simple Task (The Verge)

"It’s becoming harder to make these machines humorous and playful, but it’s important to try," she said. "A lot of people think of engineering as a very serious career. Which it is! But it’s important to take things lightly, to laugh, to learn from mistakes."

Photography by  Andrew White

Photography by Andrew White

Out of the Wild (The Verge)

In 2008, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation conducted a survey of Staten Island’s deer population. The biologist who searched the woods estimated there were approximately 24 white-tailed deer in the borough. Last winter, the New York City Parks Department conducted an aerial, infrared survey of the island and found 793 individuals — an apparent 3,304 percent increase in just six years.

"Under Pressure" (The Awl) – January 23, 2015

"The Eternal Afterlife of Lonesome George" (The Awl) – September 22, 2014

"A Night Walking with Dinosaurs" (The Awl) – July 28, 2014

"The Rise and Fall of Vincent Winfield" (The Awl) – June 19, 2014

"A Night At America's Oldest Weekly Rodeo Show" (The Awl) — May 27, 2014