Most of the nonfiction appearing on this page appeared first as Op/Ed pieces for the New York Times. Others appeared in Salon, Conde Nast Traveler magazine, and elsewhere. Links to the pieces are below. The most recently-published piece is this one, on the ongoing struggle for civil rights for trans people, which appeared on the op-ed page of the New York Times on August 12, 2011, during a month of substituting for David Brooks.
Op/Ed Pieces for the New York Times
(from least to most recent)
Ghosts of Halloweens Past
On growing up haunted: Op/Ed Piece, New York Times – October 31, 2008. My first piece for the Times; a re-worked excerpt from I’m Looking Through You.
Campaign Postcard Series, 2008: I was one of five writers across the country who wrote about the 2008 presidential campaign, as seen from a variety of hometowns. I wrote about Maine.
Fishing for a Keeper
Campaign Postcard Series: Op/Ed Piece, New York Times – January 20, 2008
At the Maine Caucuses, a Tough Nut to Crack
Campaign Postcard Series: Op/Ed Piece, New York Times – February 17, 200
The Democrats’ Endless Winter Campaign Postcard Series: Op/Ed Piece, New York Times – March 23, 200
Campaign Postcard Series: Op/Ed Piece, New York Times – June 22, 2008
The XY Games (op/ed piece) – New York Times, August 3, 2008 On gender testing at the Olympics, 2008
‘Maddy’ Might Just Work After All
(from the Modern Love column) New York Times, April 24, 2009 This piece, excerpted from a story of mine in the anthology, The Book of Dads, speaks of the effect of being trans on me as a person growing up, and how it affected my relationship with my father; it also looks at my relationship with my sons. This also includes the essay my son Zach wrote about having me as a parent, a piece which was later read on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Is My Marriage Gay? (op/ed piece) – New York Times, May 11, 2009 After She’s Not There, this single essay was read, probably, by more people than anything else I’ve done. A meditation on gay marriage and how the transgender card destabilizes any attempt to limit weddings by gender.
Raise High the P.R. Blitz (op/ed piece) – New York Times, Feb. 1, 2010. In the wake of the death of J.D. Salinger, this piece asked whether it’s still possible for a recluse to succeed in American letters.
The Library at Pooh Corner (op/ed piece) New York Times, Dec. 22, 2010. A reminiscence of my publishing days as a young person, and my friendship with the man who was the shepherd of the original Winnie-the-Pooh animals.
Oprah, I Hardly Knew You (op/ed piece), New York Times, May 28, 2011. What’s the question I’m asked more than any other? ”What is Oprah really like?”
This Astronomical Recession (op/ed piece), New York Times, August 5, 2011. A trip through Aroostook County, Me. brings a writer down to earth.
We Want Cake, Too (op/ed piece), New York Times, August 12, 2011. In the celebration over marriage equality, don’t forget transgender people.
All My Old Haunts (op/ed piece), New York Times, August 18, 2011. Saying goodbye to my parents, some ghosts, and a rare breed of politics.
The Colonel and the Governor (op/ed piece) New York Times, June 11, 2012. Maine’s former governors Angus King and Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain make the charge. Bayonets!
Weather Vain. (op/ed piece) New York Times, August 12, 2012. June showers bring July showers. On the compromises we make with our sense of place.
A Freshman All Over Again (op/ed piece) New York Times, August 22 2012. Memories of being dropped off at college by my own parents, and preparing to deliver my own son to Vassar.
What Makes a Mother? Suffering! (op/ed piece) New York Times, May 12, 2013. I was a father for six years, a mother for twelve, but I was always the same person.
Other nonfiction pieces:
This excerpt from the story “Trans” in the anthology LOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD, ed. Michael Taeckens, appeared in Salon.com on July 2, 2009. The Daily Beast contained a nice review of the anthology and highlighted my story in the July 27th issue, which is here.
He said/She Said. On Travel and Gender, from Conde Nast Traveler, September 2004
Does switching sexes change your worldview—and the way the world views you?
Maine on the Rocks
Conde Nast Traveler, July 2005
Lighthouses, lobsters, and always the sea: Portland’s Casco Bay archipelago is the twenty-third state distilled to its essence.
Rainbow’s End: on the Turks and Caicos
Conde Nast Traveler, February 2006
To savvy travelers and high-end hoteliers alike, the Turks and Caicos—a forty-island archipelago within easy reach of the United States—are a veritable pot of gold.
More than Just a Pretty Face: on Easter Island
Conde Nast Traveler, January 2007
Wild horses, white sand beaches, world-class scuba, and even a high-end hotel or two?
The Sweet Spot: Nevis and St. Kitts Conde Nast Traveler, December 2009 One’s crawling with tourists, the other’s willfully, wonderfully sleepy.
Shall We Go?: On “Dark Star” and the Grateful Dead
Essay on Polyphonic Music and the Bifurcated Heart
From the Anthology, Art and Truth.