Thursday, August 11, 2011

longshot and the plastic straw man

A couple of weeks ago, I scrambled the jets in time to submit to Longshot magazine's issue #2. Theme: debt. It'll be fun to see what the hard copy of the magazine looks like, but the digital version is looking pretty cool, and it includes an impressive lineup of contributors. Andrew Sullivan recently served up my piece to his Daily Dish readers, which is always fun. What will be more interesting, though, is seeing how people respond when my book comes out this winter, and they learn that I'm a lot more critical of cash than this hybrid essay-excerpt suggests. In the Longshot piece ("Sideswiped"), I run through some of the ways that credit cards play tricks on our minds, leading us more easily to financially imprudent decisions. Cash, in contrast, is straightforward, tactile, and generally hard to part with. But as I explain in the book, it's also something of a straw man.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

revisiting destination devastation

I'm happy to report that my story about the Hanford nuclear reservation, "Accidental Wilderness," was just recognized by the Society for Environmental Journalism for outstanding in-depth reporting. Check it out here. I couldn't have done it without the help of US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Heidi Newsome (pictured).