The Mississippi Is Under Control—For Now / TIME / August 2019 // The Mississippi River is contained and controlled by one of the most ambitious systems of engineering on the globe. But as the climate changes, how much longer can the system hold?
Beyond the Levee / Oxford American / Summer 2019 // On moonshine, climate change, and the ever-wild Mississippi.
Louisiana’s Reckoning Tide / The Local Palate / May 2019 // In the face of land loss, chefs are looking for what comes next.
Wild Natchez / Southern Living / March 2019 // Known for its antebellum homes and haunted history, this Mississippi River city has another side to reveal.
Peace of Mind / Mississippi Magazine / January 2019 // Mississippi’s horseback culture stays close.
The Mighty Mississippi / The Overstory / January 2019 // On a long trip, I discovered the big river was wild—just not in the way I expected.
A Killing Season / The New Republic / December 2018 // Monsanto’s new herbicide was supposed to save U.S. farmers from financial ruin. Instead, it upended the agriculture industry, pitting neighbor against neighbor in a struggle for survival.
Small-Town Spotlight: Greenville / Mississippi Magazine / September 2018 // The heart of the Delta
Down Delta Back Roads / The Local Palate / August 2018 // Put away your phone: the gems of Highway 1 are unmapped
Small-Town Spotlight: New Albany / Mississippi Magazine / July 2018 // Head for the hills.
America’s River 2.0 / Sierra Magazine / Summer 2018 // Paddling the Mississippi River is not a Huck Finn journey anymore.
The Many Voyages of Walter Anderson / Bitter Southerner / May 2018 // The beloved painter had a deep connection with the natural world--but it came at a cost.
Agitating for a Sea Change / Modern Farmer / April 2018 // Most fish feed is derived from... well, fish. But change may be coming.
El Corazon de Cuba / The Local Palate / March 2018 / Touring the island by bike.
The After-Monkey Blues / The Believer / February 2018 // Searching for a juke-joint prince.
Partially Wild / The Pulse / October 2017 // Are so-called 'novel ecosystems' the solution to our Anthropocene problems? Or will they just cause more?
Chicken tikka masala and cracklins', please / Parts Unknown / August 2017 // "Taste of India" serves up delicious Indian cooking—in a gas station.
Eating the world in the Delta / Parts Unknown / August 2017 // Whether you're craving Indian, Lebanese, or Mexican, you're covered here.
The Walled-In Wild / Roads & Kingdoms / August 2017 // Searching for the remains of a lost culture in the ancient swamps and wetlands of the Mississippi Delta.
Small Town Spotlight: Laurel / Mississippi Magazine / May 2017 // In a reality-TV town, nothing beats the real thing.
A Hidden Delta / The Local Palate / April 2017 // Mai Little China illuminates a forgotten corner of Mississippi history.
The Last of the Buffalo Fishermen / The Local Palate / March 2017 // Once a rich way of life, fishing on the Mississippi is nearly gone.
After the Oxbow / Undark / January 2017 // Along the Mississippi River, largely beyond our notice, an essential wildlife habitat is beginning to disappear. Can it be saved?
Paddling the Mississippi / Meridian / November 2016 // One of America’s great wildernesses sits, largely unnoticed, along the Blues River.
Red Hot Tamales / Meridian / November 2016 // How did a Mexican staple become the favorite food of the Mississippi Delta?
Up All Night on Farish Street / Bitter Southerner / August 2016 // What does it say that it’s only deep into the night in the illicit glowing neon of a juke joint when we can muster the courage to come together, black and white?
Small Town Spotlight: Southaven / Mississippi Magazine / July 2016 // A bustling city grown up from small-town dreams.
Morgan Freeman Takes His 'Best Shot' / The ‘Sip / Mississippi Today / July 2016 // An acclaimed actor aims to leave his mark on Mississippi.
Small-Town Spotlight: McComb / Mississippi Magazine / May 2016 // Catch a ride.
To Catch a Carp / Scalawag / January 2016 // Asian carp, beloved by Chinese diners, are overrunning the Mississippi River. There it is: supply, demand. So why is this so hard?
An Interstate Battle for Groundwater / The Atlantic / December 2015 // Mississippi and Tennessee are locked in a dispute over who can use the Delta’s aquifers.
The Great American Breakfast Porridge / Roads & Kingdoms / August 2015 // What does oatmeal really mean?
Wild Miles on the Big River / Bitter Southerner / July 2015 // The Mississippi River is big, dangerous, industrialized—and wild. John Ruskey wants you to join him there.
Plantation Biscuits / Roads & Kingdoms / March 2015 // Some thoughts on a Southern breakfast.
A Pageant in Catfish Country / Roads & Kingdoms / May 2014 // In the Mississippi Delta, farmed catfish swim in a deep pond of politics, history, and big business.
The Hot Tamales of Issaquena County / Roads & Kingdoms / December 2013 // On the hunt for an unexpected Southern staple.