The Awl

September 2017: It's Hoopfest, Man—Every year, an aging star returns to play in the world's largest outdoor 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Why does he keep coming back? Read more

Fiction Advocate

January 2017: Considering the Lobster with Dahsan—How do you write about a lobster festival when David Foster Wallace did it already? Read more


October 2016: Back to School: My Fakahatchee Strand

"Look, I never wanted to be one of those washed-up college basketball players returning to campus, years later, chasing a life that had long since outpaced me. In college, I believed I was forging a past unworthy of reliving. But on September 23, 2016, four years removed from my last college game, and after an eight-hour drive from New York, I pulled into Oberlin College on the eve of the alumni game and headed straight to the gym." Read more

July 2o16: The Incident: My Basketball Selves—How do you confront the most shameful version of yourself? Read more

May 2016: Flotsam: Revisiting My Losing Season

"When Pat Conroy died, I picked up My Losing Season again. His book made me relive my final college season, which probably explains why it had been nearly seven years since I last read it. Like Conroy, at the end of my senior year I promised myself I’d “never think of that pockmarked, quicksilver year.” I lied. Read more


March 2016: Follow the Boom

"None of the guys I’d talked to — reckless roughnecks, seasoned veterans who’d ridden out the boom-and-bust cycle before, clean-shaven company men who exuded a corporate coolness — could describe what it was like to approach every day of work not knowing if it’d be your last." Read more

The Classical

February 2016: Bearded— What's it like to compete in the National Beard and Moustache Championships? Read more

The Rumpus

October 2015: The Surgeon's Stitches — What does it take to be a heart surgeon? Read more


August 2015: Follow the Boom — As oil prices continue to fall, how do the rig workers in North Dakota handle the uncertainty that pervades their lives? Read more

The Classical

June 2015: Fadeaway — a profile of Justin Tatum, the father of one of the top high school basketball players in the class of 2015

"I wanted to know what it was like to be the man whose son may very well fulfill the dream he never quite could. And I wanted to know how Tatum coped with his failure, if only so that I could learn something about how to cope with my own." Read more

Inventors Digest

May 2015: A Tale of Two Grill Masters — a profile of the inventor of the George Foreman Grill

"Like most tales of invention, the story of how the George Foreman Grill came to be and why it was so successful is complicated." Read more

The Rumpus

July 2014: Over the Hill

"What’s really fascinating about the end of an athlete’s career is not his decline; it’s what comes next." Read more

Catch & ReleaseThe literary blog of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art

July 2014: Open Gym All-Star

"I spent my entire basketball career trying to fulfill dreams I had conjured up on long solitary nights in the gym taking phantom defenders off the dribble and launching jump shots over imaginary outstretched arms. Those dreams remained in the forefront of my mind, as they always did, when I arrived at the gym two hours before my final college basketball game as a member of the Oberlin College Yeomen. Our record of seven wins and 17 losses placed us 9th out of 10 teams in the North Coast Athletic Conference and eliminated us from postseason contention for the fourth year in a row. My fellow seniors and I were guaranteed that this game, to be played against the perennial powerhouse Wabash College, would be our last." Read more

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Sundt's Scribes—profiles of Oberlin College student athletes