Other Writing


Following the Joy: What’s the Big Deal About Entrepreneurship?Duke Magazine 98:5 (September-October 2012), p. 40-47.

“The Problem of Giftedness.” Duke Magazine 97:5 (September-October 2011).

“Band finds its ‘cultural center’ here: Younger Freelon’s group offers lyrics and lessons.” Raleigh, N.C. News and Observer: The Durham News (May 13, 2009).

“String Theory.” Duke Magazine 93:5 (September-October 2007).

“Signature Hancock.” Duke Magazine 90:2 (March-April 2004), p. 42-47.

“No One Knew What the Patron Was Seeking at That Height: The Eternal Mystery of Answer Person.” Duke University Libraries 16:3 (Spring/Summer 2003), p. 12-15.

“The Paperless Warehouse.” The College Store (March-April 2003), p. 28-33 [with Brian Buttram].

“Publishing, Not Perishing.” Duke Magazine 89:4 (May-June, 2003), p. 48-54.

“Tommy, Over the Top.” University of North Carolina Endeavors XIX: 3 (Spring 2003), p. 7-9.

“Four on the Floor: A Musical Life.” Duke Magazine 88:1 (November-December 2001), p. 48-51, 63.

“What Was the Question Again? Thirty-Five Years of the Examined Life.” Duke Magazine 84:2 (January-February 1998), p. 37-39.

“Giving Voice to the Campus Conscience: Students Against Sweatshops.” Duke Magazine 84:6 (September-October 1998), p. 2-7.


A Brief Life of Elon Clark. Duke University and The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Durham, NC): 2004.

DVD & Video

Ambitions Realized: A Nod to Nan (Duke University, 2004). Scriptwriter.

Dramas to Provoke Generosity (Turnip Video, 2010). Writer, actor, director.  Reviewed here. Trailer & ordering info here.

Review on the UUA Congregational Stewardship blog


In the late 1990’s I served as a regular columnist for the Duke University Chronicle. Personal favorites include:

“Hate Speech, Love Speech” (October 23, 1998).

“Dreaming in Rich Text Format” (September 25, 1998).

“Layoffs Represent Failure of Company, Not Individual Employee,” Duke University Chronicle (February 6, 1998).

“Solitary Spider Gave Companionship, Taught Lesson on Mortality,” Duke University Chronicle (November 25, 1997)

“Even Among Convicts, ‘Seeds of Enlightenment’ Can Take Root,” Duke University Chronicle (September 5, 1997).

“Productivity Ideology Translates into Haggard Lifestyle,” Duke University Chronicle (April 23, 1997).

“Toilet Handiwork Offers Pride, Shows Diversity of Skills,” Duke University Chronicle (April 3, 1997).

“Plight of Mentally Ill Patient Provides Few Solutions,” Duke University Chronicle (February 20, 1997).

“Bow Ties: Vestigial Elitism or Mark of a Tranquil Mind?” Duke University Chronicle (November 7, 1996).

“Hurricane Prompts Thoughts about Human Finitude,” Duke University Chronicle (September 26, 1996).

“Wall Street May Know Everything, But Not about Ants,” Duke University Chronicle (June 6, 1996).

“Watercolors Reveal Lessons for International Relations,” Duke University Chronicle (March 7, 1996).

“Eat When You’re Hungry: Words for Life in the Fast Lane,” Duke University Chronicle (December 5, 1995).

“DUMC Tree of Hope: A Good Deed in a Naughty World,” Duke University Chronicle (November 21, 1995).

“Lost Youth: Vietnam Revisited by One Who Wasn’t There,” Duke University Chronicle (November 7, 1995).

“Support Your Local Militia: Carry a Concealed Weapon,” Duke University Chronicle (October 10, 1995).

“Vegetarianism: The Grass is as Flesh, Some Folks Say,” Duke University Chronicle (September 26, 1995).

“Animal Shelters: The Final Refuge for Ravaged Pets,” Duke University Chronicle (August 30, 1995).

Edited Article

Richard M. Burton, Jorgen Lauridsen, Borge Obel, “The Impact of Organizational Climate and Strategic Fit on Firm Performance.” Human Resource Management 43:1 (Spring 2004), p. 67-82.


Richard Zimler, “Hunting Midnight.” Duke Magazine 89:6 (September-October 2003), p. 53.

Reynolds Price, “Noble Norfleet.” Duke Magazine 88:6 (September-October 2002), p. 21.

Reynolds Price, “A Perfect Friend.” Duke Magazine 87:4 (May-June 2001).

Sharon Cameron, “Beautiful Work: A Meditation on Pain.” Duke Magazine 87:1 (November-December 2000).

Bill Bamberger and Cathy Davidson, “Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory.” Duke Magazine 85:1(November-December 1998), p. 53-54.

Henry Petroski, “Remaking the World: Adventures in Engineering.” Duke Magazine 84:4 (May-June 1998), p. 54.

Melissa Malouf, “It Had to Be You.” Duke Magazine 83:6 (September-October 1997), p. 54-55.