This page is home to some of my finest work as a writer, editor, and photographer. Some links to writing samples are to PDF files; if you cannot open PDFs click here to download the required software, Adobe Reader.

General Writing

The Humanitarian in His Garden: an obituary for Dr. Norman Borlaug (link to Rice Thresher; 2009)
“Probably the best essay about Borlaug that I’ve read.” – Douglas Brinkley

Is a Fighter Plane a Work of Art? (link to blog post on this site; 2011)
Should All Art Be Happy? (link to blog post on this site; 2011)
The Culture Shock of Moving to America (link to blog post on this site; 2011)

Classical Music on Twitter (link to MusicWeb International; 2011)
“Really a fascinating read.” – Joyce DiDonato

Performers in the Boxes: Concert-going in 18th-Century London (PDF; academic paper, 2011)

…And a Silly New Year (link to Rice Standard; 2009)


I was editor-in-chief and lead copy editor of the Rice Standard online magazine from September 2009 to May 2010, having filled the same roles for a print version of the magazine since early 2008. Click here for a full view of my editing process at work (PDF). Another example of my own editing process (dating from the 2008 Olympics) is captured in this screenshot. Click these links for edited articles as they were published online: 1234.

I have experience editing to AP and Chicago styles and to British English, and, for the Standard, created a brand-new house style guide.

Music Criticism

300-Year-Old Turkish Music is Brought Back to Life (CD: Jordi Savall etc; 2010, Rice Thresher)

A Pianist Plays for All and Condescends to None (CD: James Rhodes; 2011, MusicWeb)

Gershwin Heals All Wounds (CD: Lincoln Mayorga, Harmonie Ensemble; 2010, MusicWeb)

Digital Photography

Click each photograph to view at original size. Photographs are presented exactly as originally saved to my digital camera; none of these have been cropped, ‘shopped, or otherwise altered.

Sunflower, Wiess College, September 2010

Pipe organ, Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, January 2011

Paraglider, Mount Caburn, East Sussex, England, March 2011

Salisbury Cathedral, May 2011

Street pianist, Antwerp, Belgium, May 2011

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