Monthly Archives: September 2013

New Work in the Sun


Back in February, Richard and I finally decided to have our low-producing well drilled deeper. We felt good about hiring the Maness Brothers (that’s their rig above, through our living room window), but knew that there were no guarantees–we could invest thousands of dollars without improving our situation at all. At the same time, we began another uncertain and expensive project–our first round of IVF.

You can read “The Whole House,” an essay I wrote about making leaps of faith, in the Sun‘s September issue. Click here to read an excerpt.


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Interview in Thin Reads


Have you heard of Thin Reads? It’s a site devoted specifically to E-book shorts (or, in their words, “weighty content that’s not too long.”) Howard Polskin, the site’s founder, recently interviewed me about “For the Public Good,” and the interview is up today. I talk about my motivations for researching the story, the process of reporting it (and trying to find new territory after the Winston Salem-Journal‘s terrific series), and various other things like epigenetics, assisted reproduction, and post-traumatic growth. You can read it here. If you’re a journalist (or an avid reader of longform journalism), Thin Reads is a great place to learn about new E-books shorts or about the genre in general.

In related news, Mediabistro just published a piece about The New New South, including an interview with editor Andrew Park.

(That’s Annie Buelin, above, with her sweet dog.)

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