I’m a writer and journalist who has contributed to news organizations including Slate, Vice, Men’s Journal, Wired, Fast Company and the PBS show Frontline/World. Originally from Seattle, I now live in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York with my wife.
I’ve written three books. The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White, was published in 2011. It’s the story of what happened to the members of an interracial basketball team I played on as a kid in the 1980s.
The Crossover grew out of research I did for The Hustle. It’s a collection of historical essays around the theme of basketball and race.
Beast: Blood, Struggle and Dreams at the Heart of Mixed Martial Arts, is an effort to understand the motivations and lives of professional cage fighters. To report it, I two years following fighters from one of the world’s best fighting gyms, American Top Team in Florida. It came out in 2015.
I’m primarily interested in the ways people find meaning in our fragmented culture. There’s no substitute for spending time with people, sharing experiences, and working to see the world through their eyes.