February 06, 2014
A few months ago my friend and editor Bruce Falconer asked me to contribute to a series in The American Scholar where poets, novelists, journalists and others pull up an experience, a memory, or a thread of advice that helped them find their way through words. My piece is up and it’s about how I learned to let stories unfold. It’ll sound familiar; many of you are out there, doing this, every day. There are some great pieces in this series from writers I admire—Paul Salopek, Charles Bowden, David Guterson, who offer fresh insights or remind us of things we may have forgotten.
December 10, 2013
A few months ago, the editors at The American Scholar asked me to review David Finkel’s new book, “Thank You for Your Service.” The piece, my first book review, appears in the latest issue of the Scholar. Finkel tells a hard, important story, offering a deep view into a war that hasn’t ended and the lives of those who continue to fight it.
Kenya to Boston: ready, set, go
August 29, 2013
Just back from fieldwork in Kenya with photographer Randy Olson, and I can’t believe the fall semester at BU is already upon us. Find photos and notes from our story-in-progress here: http://www.facebook.com/neil.shea.13
The Hero and the Murderer
June 15, 2013
I’ve got a new story up at The American Scholar, which considers the problem of our latest war criminal, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.
May 29, 2013