The Airport

Journalist Shannon Gormley weaves an astonishing narrative and beautifully written (and at times, very personal) meditation on one family’s escape out of Afghanistan as Kabul fell to the Taliban.

I’d never written Asghar’s story as I’d said I would, and I’d buried the thought of contacting him, too, until foreign sections of newspapers began to describe the Taliban taking one village here, another there, and I thought of him riding through Kabul’s exploding streets on his MacGyvered child’s bike. I spilled out the contents of the suitcase and spread 34 jagged pieces of clay on the floor.

Source: Shannon Gormley
Published: Mar 7, 2022
Length: 63 minutes (15,807 words)

Where People Fall from the Sky

There’s a small section of South West London in which bodies — usually black or brown bodies — fall from the sky. For Maclean’s, Shannon Gormley reports on the dangers migrants face as they attempt find safety and greater economic opportunity in a new country. While some attempt travel secreted away in transport trucks, others choose the wheel well of a jetliner traveling to London Heathrow Airport in a treacherous, and almost always fatal bid to improve their fortunes.

Source: Maclean’s
Published: Jan 2, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,290 words)

Into the Dark

There were four options for getting the trapped Thai soccer players out of the flooded cave: the unrealistic one, the deadly one, the torturous one, and the mad one. Sometimes, madness works.

Source: Maclean’s
Published: Jan 25, 2019
Length: 48 minutes (12,246 words)

Drunk History

From an elderly artist living inside a rock club to a foodie who headbutted a winery employee and insulted California chefs before a brawl, Willamette Week gathered 10 of Portland’s best bar stories for your reading and drinking pleasure.

Source: Willamette Week
Published: May 22, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,426 words)