The first piece of writing I ever got paid for—about a Welsh craft paper maker sourcing fibers from sheep dung
ran in a magazine with the tag line The Voice of the Independent Flockmaster
An essay about attempting to tango earned me my highest ever per-word remuneration, while one recounting my first foray into omnivorism—a grasshopper taco—garnered me the nastiest comments online. 

A graduate of Swarthmore College with a double major in mathematics and linguistics, I also hold a master's degree in nonfiction writing from Johns Hopkins University. (See my CV.) 



In 2002 I started keeping track of all the books I've read.