Greetings!

I am a reporter and editor, and this is the website I made for you.

I write about American politics, culture, Western issues, and sometimes corduroy. I have contributed to Harper’s Magazine, TheNewYorker.comThe Daily BeastTheAtlantic.comThe BelieverEsquire.comPolitics Daily, The Mountain Gazette, The Boise Weekly, Saveur, Sunset, and The New York Times.

Before predictably moving to Brooklyn, I lived and worked in southern Idaho, where I edited news and lifestyle magazines, reported for a scrappy small town newspaper, and taught the ill-behaved children of privilege how to ski.* I wrote a book about beard and moustache competitions before facial hair was hip. I have done some radio and TV, have a knack for debate prep, and can do a respectable white clam sauce.

Here are some stories I wrote about how Katy Perry’s cleavage relates to the national media, why the legalized slaughter of wild bison doesn’t make everyone happy, the time I sat next to my Internet troll on a flight to Tampa, and why the NRA recruits women.

For a fuller list of my stories, please go here.

Safe Travels,

– Michael

*Not intended as a factual statement. The kids were great. Only a few were brats. You know who you are.