"A Brief History of the Indignities Heaped upon Greenland"
President Trump is not the first to see the island as ripe for exploitation. That would be the Danish.
Public Domain Review 07/10/19
"The Myth of Blubber Town, an Arctic Metropolis"
The 17th-century Dutch whaling station Smeerenburg was rumored to have churches, bakeries, gambling dens and brothels. But did it ever exist?
The Atlantic 10/231/19
"The Lawless Race to Harvest Arctic Icebergs"
$166 water could dictate international iceberg law.
Atlas Obscura 06/27/19
"The World's Fastest Glacier"
Greenland's Sermeq Kujalleq, also known as the Jakobshavn glacier, travels 130 miles a day, causes earthquakes, and produced the iceberg that sank the Titanic.
Foreign Affairs 07/18/19
Can Greenland Win Independence By Selling Melted Ice?
The world's biggest island taps a resource it has always had.
Indian Country Today "Stop Judging 'Indian Character'"
The Supreme Court should abandon culturally fraught tests that undermine indigenous sovereignty and dignity.
The Washington Post 10/10/17
"Stop Coming Out"
On how the rhetoric of gay empowerment is actually marginalizing LGBTQ people.
Electric Lit 04/24/18
"Why Do So Many Judges Cite Jane Austen?"
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Austen quotes keep showing up in legal decisions
The Paris Review 01/15/19
"A Lost Piece of Trans History"
Before the Nazis took power, a magazine in Weimar Germany helped trans people find their voices.
"Annenberg's Double-Edged Gift to the Hopi"
Why it was a mistake for a charitable foundation to buy indigenous artifacts at auction and return them to the tribe.
"Freud on the Court"
Teenagers who "sext" are charged with violating child pornography laws. I think it is because we're all a little too Freudian
“The Trial of the Marquise von O…"
An 1808 literary classic about rape and pregnancy upends tradition by making a woman the savviest legal actor
A look at how the CIA's collaboration with Hollywood is undermining the justification for secrecy law
"Goethe's Magic Flute Sequel"
Germany's most famous polymath wrote a horrible follow-up to the century's best-selling opera. I explain why
"Tipping NAGPRA's Balancing Act"
On my problems with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act