Sandwich

THE NEW YORK TIMES, MAY 12, 2016

Where I Live

Tower Bridge

THE NEW YORK TIMES, MAY 5, 2016

36 Hours in Southeast London

Landing in Rio

VOX, MAY 2, 2016

Here Are the Amazing Things

Aviation

THE NEW YORK TIMES, DECEMBER 17, 2015

Museums Where the Imagination Can Soar

Santa

FINANCIAL TIMES, DECEMBER 17, 2015

Christmas at 35,000 Feet

Gum

SLATE, OCTOBER 27, 2015

What Are Those Hot Pink Globes Popping Up Around London?

MV

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELLER, OCTOBER 7, 2015

Home to the Berkshires

Drum

SLATE, SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

What Are Those Drumlike Objects Perched on Buildings?

Lamppost

SLATE, JULY 31, 2015

What’s That Thing Hanging From Lampposts and Power Lines?

Window Hole

SLATE, MAY 29, 2015

Why are there holes in airplane windows?

Clouds

THE NEW YORK TIMES, MAY 14, 2015

In Flight

Road Markings

SLATE, APRIL 22, 2015

The Infrastructure of the Intranet

Wing

THE INDEPENDENT, APRIL 2, 2015

A Wonder of the Modern Age

Cockpit

HIGH LIFE, MARCH 16, 2015

Blue Sky Thinking

Arrow

SLATE, MARCH 10, 2015

Where All the Arrows Point

Clock

INTELLIGENT LIFE, MARCH/APRIL 2015

What's The Best Time of Day?

Airplane Tail

SLATE, FEBRUARY 5, 2015

Mysteries of the Airplane's Tail  

Road Sign

SLATE, DECEMBER 11, 2014

The Visitors Arrive in New York

Sidewalk Markers

SLATE, NOVEMBER 11, 2014

What Do These Mexico City Sidewalk Markers Mean?

Umbrella

SLATE, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

Umbrellas in Singapore

Road Sign

SLATE, AUGUST 18, 2014

What Does This Beloved Road Sign Actually Mean?

Berkshires

THE NEW YORK TIMES, JULY 3, 2014

36 Hours in the Berkshires

Road Trip

SLATE, JULY 2, 2014

Making Road Trips Greener

Totem

SLATE, JUNE 20, 2014

New Jersey's Roadside Mysteries

Gunk

SLATE, MAY 16, 2014

The Stuff of the Subway

Asterisk

SLATE, APRIL 18, 2014

The Blue Asterisk

Elevator Hole

SLATE, MARCH 4, 2014

What’s That Thing? The Hole in the Elevator Door

Road Bump

SLATE, JANUARY 23, 2014

What’s That Thing? Things that Go Bump in the Night

Conductor

SLATE, JANUARY 21, 2014

The State of Classical Music

Winds

THE NEW YORK TIMES, DECEMBER 23, 2013

The Wind Cries ... Oe?

Trees on Buildings

SLATE, DECEMBER 19, 2013

What Is a Tree Doing on Top of That Construction Site?

Plane

SLATE, NOVEMBER 27, 2013

What’s That Thing? Thanksgiving Airplane Travel Edition

Utility Pole

SLATE, OCTOBER 30, 2013

What’s That Thing? Utility Pole Edition

Bridge

THE NEW YORK TIMES, OCTOBER 5, 2013

Let’s Build a New Bridge. No Cars Allowed.

Hampstead

THE NEW YORK TIMES, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

36 Hours in Hampstead, London

Eye Bolt

SLATE, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

What’s That Thing? Bumper Circles Edition

Movie Theater

SLATE, AUGUST 13, 2013

These Are Taken

Pen Pals

THE NEW YORK TIMES, AUGUST 17, 2013

Dear Emma...

Snow Fences

SLATE, AUGUST 1, 2013

What’s That Thing? Roadside Fence Edition

Knife and Fork

SLATE, JUNE 26, 2013

Put a Fork in It

Model Plane

THE NEW YORK TIMES, JUNE 20, 2013

Flying, With Both Feet on the Ground

America

SLATE, JUNE 20, 2013

The Measure of America

Doorway Symbol

SLATE, JUNE 19, 2013

What’s That Thing? Doorway Symbols Edition

Diogenes and Plato

SLATE, JUNE 6, 2013

How to Sell Philosophy

Plastic Wrap

SLATE, MAY 20, 2013

What’s That Thing? Tin Foil Box Edition

Toilet Seat

SLATE, APRIL 23, 2013

What’s That Thing? U-Shaped Toilet Seat Edition

Truck Fins

SLATE, APRIL 3, 2013

What’s That Thing? Truck Fins Edition

Dunes

THE NEW YORK TIMES, FEBRUARY 17, 2013

Dunes and Drama on a Drive Through Oman

Cricket

SLATE, FEBRUARY 13, 2013

Namibia’s Most Horrifying, Fascinating Wildlife

Snow

THE NEW YORK TIMES, JANUARY 27, 2013

Enjoying Snow, While We Still Have It

Ballot

SLATE, JANUARY 19, 2013

The Election Disaster That Wasn’t

Packaging

SLATE, JANUARY 8, 2013

What’s That Thing? Puzzling Packaging Edition

Digital Globe

THE NEW YORK TIMES, JANUARY 7, 2013

Digital Globes Offer a Dynamic Vision

City Steam

SLATE, NOVEMBER 23, 2012

What’s That Thing? City Steam Edition

Lump on a Wire

SLATE, NOVEMBER 1, 2012

What’s That Thing? Lump on a Wire Edition

Mohawk

THE NEW YORK TIMES, OCTOBER 4, 2012

On the Mohawk Trail

Airline Bag Tag

SLATE, OCTOBER 4, 2012

The Beauty of the Airline Bag Tag

Convenience Store

SLATE, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012

What's That Thing? Convenience Store Edition

Memorial

SLATE, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012

Do You Have a Photo ID, Young Man?

Switch

SLATE, AUGUST 20, 2012

What’s That Thing? Wall Socket Edition

Globes

THE NEW YORK TIMES, AUGUST 18, 2012

The World Is Flat, Again

Wedding Cake

SLATE, AUGUST 2, 2012

I, Mark, Take You, Mark…

Fire Gate

SLATE, JULY 24, 2012

What’s That Thing? Fire Gate Edition

Tanglewood

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, JULY 12, 2012

Travel with a classic touch, and a picnic blanket, to Massachusetts' Tanglewood

Yo-Yo Ma

THE NEW YORK TIMES, JULY 6, 2012

Yo-Yo Ma on the Magic of Tanglewood and the Berkshires

License Plate

SLATE, JUNE 26, 2012

The Curious Rise of Specialty License Plates

Elevator

SLATE, JUNE 25, 2012

What’s That Thing? Elevator Button Edition

Doodad

SLATE, JUNE 7, 2012

What’s That Thing? Pastoral Doodad Edition

Gizmo

SLATE, MAY 24, 2012

What’s That Thing? Ominous Gizmo Edition

Massachusetts

SLATE, MAY 14, 2012

Don’t Mess with Massachusetts

Dashboard Arrow

SLATE, MAY 9, 2012

What’s That Thing? Dashboard Arrow Edition

Eruv

SLATE, APRIL 24, 2012

What's That Thing? Mysterious Wires Edition

Peanut Butter

THE INDEPENDENT, APRIL 6, 2012

Peanut Butter: the Special Relationship

Go Away

THE NEW YORK TIMES, MARCH 16, 2012

The Unwelcome Mat: How Not to Attract Tourists

Birmingham

THE NEW YORK TIMES, JANUARY 26, 2012

36 Hours: Birmingham, England

Berkshires

THE NEW YORK TIMES, JANUARY 12, 2012

In Winter, Berkshires Culture Moves Indoors

Mojave

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, JANUARY 8, 2012

A peaceful interlude at the Mojave National Preserve

5x15

THE NEW YORK TIMES, NOVEMBER 9, 2011

5x15, London Salon, Offers Lectures Short and Sweet

LeafPeepr

THE NEW YORK TIMES, OCTOBER 5, 2011

Leaf Peeping? There’s an App for That

Hertz

THE NEW YORK TIMES, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011

The Car-Sharing Race

Namibia

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, JULY 31, 2011

Namibia: Desert, ghost town and the Skeleton Coast

WindowApp

THE NEW YORK TIMES, JULY 8, 2011

Up in the Air, Plugged In to the Landscape Below

Tube

THE NEW YORK TIMES, JUNE 28, 2011

Navigating London Without Using the Tube

Appliances

SLATE, APRIL 6, 2011

We're No. 1!

DropDownMenus

WIRED, FEBRUARY 28, 2011

Overthinking the Meaning of Drop-Down Menus

Bookmill

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, FEBRUARY 5, 2011

A world tour of bookstore cafes

Snow

THE TIMES, DECEMBER 11, 2010

Britain’s National Snow Conspiracy

Airport

THE NEW YORK TIMES, DECEMBER 2, 2010

An Airport Program That Makes Traveling (Gasp!) Easier

Pittsfield

FINANCIAL TIMES, SEPTEMBER 11, 2010

The Brooklyn of the Berkshires

Utah

THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, SEPTEMBER 3, 2010

Reflections on the Middle of Nowhere

Nudel

THE NEW YORK TIMES, AUGUST 22, 2010

In the Berkshires, Dinner's Not Far Away

Union Jack

THE TIMES, AUGUST 17, 2010

The Best Reasons to Love Britain

Legroom

THE NEW YORK TIMES, MARCH 28, 2010

With This View, Who Needs Legroom?

Window Seat

THE NEW YORK TIMES, MAY 2, 2010

Joys of the Window Seat

Taxi

MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE, FEBRUARY 2010

The world's best taxis

McLaundry

MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE, JANUARY 2010

Dining at McLaundry

Cranberries

MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE, NOVEMBER 2009

An English Thanksgiving

Road

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, JULY 3, 2009

A great road trip calls for a great roadcast

Bread

THE INDEPENDENT, APRIL 16, 2009

Upper crust: Why sourdough is the best bread

Monument Valley

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, MARCH 25, 2009

Majestic sleepover in Monument Valley, Utah

Dempster Highway

MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE, JANUARY 2009

Road-tripping in the Arctic Circle

Hampstead Heath

SANCTUARY, SPRING 2008

A Nation of Shopkeepers