The sheer random nature of feature-writing delights me. Recent articles
have ranged from cloning to clowning, exorcism to eco-terrorism, and Finnish
tango to flirtation classes (not so different, really).
for Rent: student strippers trade erotica for education
The Daily: Amanda Castleman spent three years investigating students who
strip to pay for University. The four-page pullout section won a national
first place award for investigative journalism/in-depth feature from Columbia's
Oxford Mail: American-style wrestling is inflaming British audiences.
Amanda Castleman witnesses the sequins, snarls and obscenities as the
big men have a go.".
poetry to the people
Gist Magazine: Comic verse writer John Hegley warms up for The Cheltenham
Literary Festival with a rambunctious chat.
pushes the power of prayer
Oxford Mail: The Church of England is promoting the healing power of prayer
shock: Who's wilder, Yanks or Brits?
MSN Underwire: "Cleavage propped up, hipsters pulled down, micro-minis
swathing groins the slags prowl. Some are farm girls, tarted up
for a night in the big city, but many are the academic elite, the finest
minds and poshest accents in the British Isles.
Oxford Mail: Lorraine Harding was violated and maimed. "It's too late
for me," she says. "I just want my children to be safe. No one will ever
do this to them."
decades of the Iguana
MSNBC and Moviemaker: Sun, sin and celluloid in Puerto Vallarta
Forty years ago, John Hustons gritty Night of the Iguana
put Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on the paparazzi map. Other movies
from Predator to Kill Bill Vol. 2 have since followed
in the big mans footsteps, capturing the areas sugary beaches,
coastal cliffs and rainforest-swathed Sierra Madres
tango in Helsinki
Oxford Mail: "The men prowl one side of the room. Women wait hands
clasped expectantly on the other. This nightmare belongs in a preteen
disco, but it's Friday night in Helsinki. And I am about to tango."
Girl: a woman of incongruities sorority girl, fisheries major,
The Daily: "If a man comes home from a good job, cooks dinner, takes care
of the kids, spends time with his spouse he's a hero. If a woman
does that, it's normal," Nicole Zinc explains. "I'm not extraordinary.
I'm just being a woman."
Oxford Mail: Amanda Castleman imagines commuting in an aquatic Oxford
of the future. A fictional piece written for the Millennium edition of
the Oxford Mail.
Oxford Mail: Assaulting policemen, stabbing with a sword and once throwing
a plate of artichokes at a waiter, Caravaggio was the Liam Gallagher of
the seventeenth century.
and wicket: extreme croquet
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Players
take a genteel picnic pastime into all-terrain overdrive, hacking across
rotten logs and mole holes.