Author Archives: Whit

Tracking down craft beer’s up-and-coming rockstars

I wrote and compiled the 30 Under 30 list for All About Beer, which was released a few months ago. I interviewed 30 brewers set to make waves in the brewing world. It was great getting to know some awesome … Continue reading

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The only rabbi in Afghanistan

Lt. Col. Larry Bazer joined the military as a chaplain in 1989, during his first year of rabbinical studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He joined because it offered an experience his rabbinical studies couldn’t, and because he’s loved the … Continue reading

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I write about (and drink) lambics for All About Beer

Unless you’re a beer connoisseur, chances are you’ve never tried a lambic. It’s a style of beer that’s been brewed in an area of Belgium the same way for thousands of years, long before anyone knew anything about yeast or … Continue reading

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My interview with a British chemist and accidental YouTube star

This August, posted my Q&A with Martyn Poliakoff, a professor of chemistry at the University of Nottingham and star of a popular series of YouTube videos in which he leads viewers on a tour of the world of chemistry. … Continue reading

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My essay for Lapham’s Quarterly

Lapham’s Quarterly recently published my essay on the history of fish farming, “The Mastery of Fish,” on its website. The essay involved a lot of research, including reading several 18th and 19th century treatises on fish farming. I was amazed … Continue reading

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How to Photograph Fireworks

Capturing the brilliant colors of fireworks as they burst across the sky is harder than it looks. Last week, just in time for the Fourth, I wrote a piece on how to photograph fireworks for It offers tips from … Continue reading

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Making Waves: A profile of Jay Lauf

My short profile of Jay Lauf, publisher of The Atlantic, was recently published in the Connecticut College alumni magazine: “When he graduated from Connecticut College in 1986, Jay Lauf dreamed of becoming a writer at a news magazine like Time, … Continue reading

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The last boil at Mt. Cube Sugar Farm

In April, I visited Peter Thomson and Mt. Cube Sugar Farm in Orford, NH, for the last boil of the season. I filed this report for New Hampshire Public Radio’s Word of Mouth. Thomson, who is also current president of … Continue reading

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A look back: My first stab at long-form narrative nonfiction

I recently went back and read a piece of creative nonfiction I wrote in 2004 while a student at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. It tells the story of two families in Lewiston, Maine, torn apart … Continue reading

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An innovative program to fix the fishing industry in Maine

I recently published a story in Mainebiz about the The Nature Conservancy and a program it has in place in Maine that aims to change the fishing industry from the inside out. Read “Tipping the scales”. Rather than combat unsustainable … Continue reading

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