How Frances Glessner Lee, a millionaire heiress and a grandmother, pioneered crime scene investigation with doll houses.
A Podcast interview about my research into the life of Frances Glessner Lee and her Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death for The New Yorker.
In 2017 the Mall of America in Bloomington announced a writer-in-residence program and the idea of living and writing inside a mall inspired this piece for McSweeney’s Internet... (more)
An aging astronaut struggles with soaring expectations and an unexpected phobia.
There’s a global epidemic of overscheduling and it’s ruining our health. Here’s how to recalibrate your relationship with time.
Winner of the 2015 Hrushka Nonfiction Prize and published in Passages North.
A Pushcart Prize-nominated essay about suicide and the legacy of family secrets. Recognized in Best American Essays 2016.
This essay explores the concept of “desire lines” and considers how we build cities with empathy.
Why the oldest winemaking technique in the world is making a comeback.
Two rival cultural organizations hear a rumor that one of the wealthiest women in town is on her deathbed. The hunt for her inheritance begins.
Architecture is more than merely aesthetics. Listen to my on-air essay for public radio about architecture and design.
Defensive architecture was the answer to the 1968 riots in Baltimore. How will architecture respond to the urban uprisings of 2015?
A cutting-edge conservation tool uses light to erase 50 years of damage to Harvard University’s famed murals by Mark Rothko.
Where I travel the country to discover whether green buildings truly perform once people move in.
A startling new archive illuminates how bigotry shaped the landscape of American real estate.
This short story was selected by Roxane Gay as a 2015 Wigleaf Top 50 (very) Short Fiction winner.
Ploughshares called this “The Best Short Story I’ve Read in a Lit Mag This Week.”
Flash fiction inspired by the life and death of Edgar Allan Poe.
Why women are left to defend themselves with shrubbery.
When an on-ramp becomes a boat launch and other stories of architecture in post-Katrina NoLa.