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lMB4Ntuq_400x400I’m a magazine writer in Boston, a regular contributor to POLITICO MagazineSmithsonian, the Washington Post, and Boston Magazine. I teach magazine journalism at Boston University. 

I’m a former staffer for Boston Magazine and Cleveland Magazine. I’ve also written for The Boston Globe,, Columbia Journalism Review, Harvard Law Bulletin, and Agence France-Presse.  

My interests and obsessions include politics, cities and transit, crime, sciencearts & culture, American history, and Eliot Ness.

I’ve written about a micronation, a microvillage, surfing Lake Erie, and going places you’re not supposed to go.

  1. Joe Martini permalink

    Great article on Politico regarding millennials influencing mass transit decisions/strategies in Boston!

  2. Kjell Johansen permalink

    Erick, I liked your article on the US Army in Russia after WW 1. I first learned about the “Detroit Brigade” as they were called by the Detroit Free Press, when, as a U Mich grad student, I was taking time off from writing my dissertation by roaming the stacks. I happened to come upon a book about the army in Russia. I don’t think many people know about it.

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