“Emerging LA Filmmakers…,” a 2017–18 assignment for Apple.
“The Singing,” a yearlong report on the world’s first opera production of The Shining, for Slate.
“Brian De Palma’s Terrordome,” on the cinematic turntablism of Brian De Palma, for The Ringer.
“A New Game Afoot,” a conversation with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about Sherlock Holmes, for Slate.
“Requiem for Rod Serling,” an overview of The Twilight Zone and its creator’s obsession with boxing, warfare, and broken noses, for Grantland.
“For Early Arctic Explorers, Hockey Was Cold Comfort,” an appreciation of the coping mechanisms of ice-trapped Arctic explorers, for The Atlantic.
“Golden Boy,” a profile of Richard Linklater in Texas, for Grantland.
“Stanley Kubrick’s Unmade Film About Jazz in the Third Reich,” on Kubrick’s fascination with black-market jazz and acid-soaked trumpets, for The Atlantic.
“The Eleven-Minute Psychiatrist,” a talk with Errol Morris about unmade movies, Karl Rove, and true crime, for Stop Smiling.
“The Power of Powers of Ten,” on the painstaking efforts of Charles & Ray Eames to photograph Chicago from the sky, and the furthest reaches of space, for Slate.
“A Banner Day for America’s Scariest Staircase,” shadowing director William Friedkin during the commemoration of “The Exorcist Steps” in Georgetown, for Slate.
“How Advertisers Used World War I to Sell, Sell, Sell,” a survey of advertising practices targeting soldiers on the front, and their families back home, for The Atlantic.
“The Sporting Life of Elliott Gould,” recalling several days watching playoff baseball and infiltrating a NASCAR event in Nashville alongside Elliott Gould, for Grantland.
“Out on a Limb,” the search for cinema’s greatest tree, for Slate.
“Hell on Wheels,” a talk with Norman Jewison, director of Rollerball, about sci-fi sports and laser-blasted trees in the lead-up to the Super Bowl, for The Paris Review.
“A Long Time Ago,” a conversation with the 99-year-old Royal Air Force photographer who later shot Star Wars and Dr. Strangelove, for Slate.
“John Hughes’ Day Off,” in which I honor ancestral ties to hockey, sportswriting, and octopus juice, for Grantland.
“Welles in Woodstock,” a trip to the Illinois town that shaped Orson Welles, for Film Comment.