How I Broke, and Botched, the Brandon Teena Story

Journalist Donna Minkowitz apologizes 25 years after breaking the story of Brandon Teena, transgender murder victim and subject of the film Boys Don’t Cry. Retroactively realizing it was “the most insensitive and inaccurate piece of journalism I have ever written,” Minkowitz examines what she sees now as her own internalized homophobia and ignorance of trans issues. 

Source: Village Voice
Published: Jun 20, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,019 words)

‘The Trains Are Slower Because They Slowed the Trains Down’

In 1995, a Manhattan-bound J train crossing the Williamsburg Bridge rear-ended an M train, killing the J train operator and injuring more than fifty passengers. New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has run the trains at suboptimal speeds ever since, while publicly blaming the systemwide slowdown on budget cuts and euphemisms for overcrowding. Village Voice transit reporter Aaron Gordon traces how the response to this single accident two decades ago set New York City’s transit system on a path to disaster.

Source: Village Voice
Published: Mar 13, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,500 words)

Keepers of the Secrets

Who are the most interesting women and men in the world? The archivists, guardians of our forgotten stories.

Source: Village Voice
Published: Sep 20, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,158 words)

A Universe of Print: Inside the Last Days of Parkett

From commissioning limited edition prints to designing issues so their spines combined to create a single image, for thirty-three years this bilingual arts journal aimed to engage and shape arts culture in a more active way than most magazines.

Source: Village Voice
Published: Aug 29, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,052 words)

Stop Making Sense, or How to Write in the Age of Trump

An essay on the importance of embracing in literature the conflict and destruction likely to arise in America in the coming four years. The piece is written from the perspective of a Bosnian-born novelist who got stuck in the United States in 1992 because of conflict in his native country that upended everything he felt sure of.

Source: Village Voice
Published: Jan 17, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,737 words)

Hell on Wheels: Port Authority’s Broken Promise Is Choking Newark’s Kids

“Truck after truck slowly makes its way through traffic, trailing exhaust. Kids run across a busy street to play with the wary chickens in a community garden. Nearby, an entire alley is filled with murals: One depicts a figure crouching in a gas mask, surrounded by garbage and smog.” How unregulated emissions and a political turf war is destroying the health of a Newark, New Jersey community.

Source: Village Voice
Published: May 3, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2,856 words)

How Bootleggers and Brands Became the Biggest Foe for Graffiti Artists

Forget the police—Is copyright the next legal battle for graffiti artists?

Source: Village Voice
Published: Aug 13, 2015
Length: 12 minutes (3,112 words)

Streit’s Exodus

After ninety years on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, can the last family-owned American matzo factory reinvent itself upstate?

Source: Village Voice
Published: Aug 4, 2015
Length: 20 minutes (5,161 words)

Death on the Edge

A profile of the late journalist Steven Sotloff, tracing his path from funny, rebellious middle-class kid in Florida to war reporter in the Middle East. Sotloff was executed by ISIS last year.

Source: Village Voice
Published: Mar 31, 2015
Length: 21 minutes (5,380 words)

Escape From New York

The late Ellen Willis—a legendary feminist and cultural critic—writes about loneliness, human connection and aging radicals in the context of a solo cross-country Greyhound bus trip. The essay originally appeared as a 1981 cover story in the Village Voice, and was later reprinted in The Essential Ellen Willis.

Source: Village Voice
Published: Jul 29, 1981
Length: 41 minutes (10,420 words)