- Is there a certain shower I shouldn’t use?
- None of them. Everything here is covered with semen.
Combat Outpost, Konar Province, Afghanistan
Over the past several months most of my writing has been done on Instagram. This might seem counter-intuitive at first. The platform was never really designed for narratives, and the space allowed to words is small: a cellphone’s width, the face of a playing card, less. That’s the beauty of it. Pairing words with images in such a space demands more and offers a refreshing way to mix seeing with believing, image and idea. There is no nutgraf, no data slips in. Poetry, experimentation, and brevity are more the goals, and all this has helped me remember just how hard it is to write well. It’s creative compression, rooted in many old forms of storytelling. And lately it’s my favorite way to write.
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Castro's Cuba at 50
Africa's Last Frontier
What lies below the City of Lights?
Dispatches from Kenya, August 2013
Documentary work vs. Buzz kill :: Dispatch from Kenya, August 2013
Dispatch from Iraq: How Long Does Identity Last?
The View from an Iraqi Classroom :: May 2013
Behind the Story: Looking back at Iraq