Things I wrote in 2015

Me on the Red Square

Here are some of the things that I wrote in 2015. Thanks for reading, and see you next year, hopefully!

Why Do Severed Goat Heads Keep Turning Up In Brooklyn?

An investigation into the phenomenon of severed goat heads turning up in various parts of Brooklyn. New York Magazine, March 15.

Wall of magic oils at a Park Slope Botanica.

The Agency

A report on a Russian troll farm. The New York Times Magazine, June 2.

Observing the troll farm in St. Petersburg, Russia, from a restaurant across the street with Lyudmila Savchuk, an anti-troll activist (left).


The story of how Megan Phelps-Roper left the Westboro Baptist Church, with Twitter’s help. The New Yorker, November 23.

The sign outside of Westboro

I wrote some shorter stuff, too.

On Unicorns. The New York Times Magazine.

When the Internet’s Moderators Are Anything But. The New York Times Magazine.

I was also on a couple of podcasts

Longform Podcast: I talked about my profile of Megan Phelps-Roper, and my investigation into Russian trolling.

Slate Culture Gabfest: I talked about my profile of Megan Phelps-Roper.