features

Songs from Sinjar
Lapham's Quarterly
How ISIS is hastening the end of the Yezidis' ancient oral tradition.

The Empire Strikes Back
Vanity Fair (UK)
For the travel issue, a trip to three cities from Brazil's imperial period.

Inside the Turmoil in Tulum
Town & Country
How an alleged land-grab scheme is changing this Mexican beach spot.

The Other Buffett Rule
The Baffler
An essay on why better billionaires will never save us.

The Broken Promise of the Rio Olympics
The Atlantic
How a chance to remake the city for ordinary Brazilians ended up lining the pockets of the rich instead.

He Steals, but He Gets Things Done
Slate
On the roots of corruption in Brazil.
(Excerpted from my book)

The Brazillionaire
The Times Magazine (UK)
On the rise and fall of Eike Batista, once the world's eighth-richest person.
(Excerpted from my book)

Brazil's Billionaire Bishop
Bloomberg Businessweek
A profile of Edir Macedo, an evangelical pastor who became a billionaire by siphoning off his followers' donations.
(Picked up by Longform)

The World's Most Interesting Billionaire
Bloomberg Businessweek
A profile of Jorge Paulo Lemann, the Brazilian tycoon who took over Anheuser-Busch InBev, Burger King, Kraft, and Heinz.

shorter pieces

The Most Important Criminal Conviction in Brazil's History
The New Yorker
On Lula, the first Brazilian President who ever grew up poor.

What the Latest Crisis Means for Brazil
The New Yorker
The corruption allegations against President Michel Temer.

Shave the Billionaire
The Baffler
On the imprisonment of Eike Batista, Brazil's onetime richest man.

Brazil After Dilma Rousseff
The New Yorker
What the future holds after the impeachment of Brazil's first female President.

Ryan Lochte and Brazil's Third Rail
The New Yorker
How the U.S. Olympic swimmers scandal plays with Brazil's national self-image.

Brazil's Olympics Meets Its Favelas
The New Yorker
What it means to feature favelas in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics.

The Olympics of Hyperbolic Olympics Scaremongering
New York Magazine
The media's low bar for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
(Subject of an interview with On the Media.)

Ghosts of Brazil’s past haunt impeachment crisis
The Washington Post
The unresolved legacy of Brazil's military dictatorship.

How the Workers’ Party lost the workers
The Washington Post
The decline of one of the world's most important left-wing movements.

Zika exposes class differences in Brazil
The Washington Post
The way the epidemic is spreading reflects deep economic inequality.

Counting to a Billion
The Awl
How that list of the world's richest people got made.

Venezuela's Expat Revolutionaries
Slate
Meet the young foreigners who love Hugo Chávez so much they moved to his "Bolivarian paradise."

“2666” by Roberto Bolaño
The San Francisco Chronicle
A review of the epic novel.