Here is a selection of my long form articles, most of them published in the New Yorker over the last 25 years. The subjects vary widely, but invention, design, music, and money are through lines, and the often fraught relationship between creativity and commerce is the major theme.

Invisible Gold 
What a contemporary gold rush looks like. April 24, 1989

The Flash of Genius
The story of Bob Kearns and the epic patent case he and the Ford Motor Company fought over his invention, the intermittent windshield wiper. The article that inspired the film “Flash of Genius,” directed by Marc Abraham and starring Greg Kinnear. January 11, 1993

Tremors in the Hothouse
The invention of the Flavr Savr tomato, an early attempt at genetically modified food. July 19, 1993

E-mail from Bill
A profile of Bill Gates, told through his email. January 10, 1994

My First Flame
What happens when you hit the send button in anger. June 6, 1994

Death of a Giant
Stalking the disappearing giant bluefin tuna. Harper’s, June 1994

Rockin’ in Shangri-la
A portrait of MTV in 1994, thirteen years after it went on the air. October 10, 1994

The Spinach King
The story of Seabrook Farms, my grandfather’s business. February 20, 1995

Feel No Pain
The sport of rowing. July 22, 1996

Why is the Force Still With Us?
The Star Wars phenomenon. January 6, 1997

Big Ben
A profile of musician Ben Kweller at age fourteen. April 7, 1997

Tackling the Competition
How the NFL tries to market its violent sport. August 8, 1997

The Big Sellout
When the artist becomes a suit. October 20, 1997

The Many Lives of David Geffen
A profile of the legendary agent and mogul. February 23, 1998

My Father’s Closet
The wardrobe I did, and didn’t, inherit from Dad. March 16, 1998

Born Slippy
On women’s figure skating. January 12, 1998

The Gathering of the Tribes
Native Americans vs. Preppies at the Lacrosse World Championships. September 7, 1998

Nobrow Culture
Cultural hierarchy in Soho. September 20, 1999

Sleeping With the Baby
Pros and Cons of Cosleeping. November 8, 1999

A Death in the Family
A personal story of ALS. Vogue, June 2000

Selling the Weather
A portrait of the Weather Channel. April 3, 2000

The Invisible Designer
A profile of Helmut Lang. September 18, 2000

The Tree of Me
Genetic testing and the search for ancestors. March 26, 2001

Soldiers and Spice
Nutmeg and the colonial history of Indonesia. August 13, 2001

Plastic Man
A profile of product designer Karim Rashid. September 17, 2001

The Tower Builder
A profile of the structural engineer who built World Trade Towers, Les Robertson, reported shortly after they fell down. November 19, 2001

The Slow Lane
Can Anyone Solve the Problem of Traffic? The short answer is “No.” September 2, 2002

A Samurai in Paris
A profile of fashion writer Suzy Menkes. May 17, 2003

It Came From Hollywood
A profile of Stan Winston, creator of the Terminator, the Alien Queen, and other Hollywood monsters. December 1, 2003

Child’s Play
A profile of toy designer Chuck Hoberman. December 15, 2003

Shoe Dreams
A profile of Todd’s founder Diego Della Valle. May 10, 2004

Marriage of the Century
How my parents met at Grace Kelly’s wedding. Vogue, December 2004

Hands and Eyes
A profile of designers Dolce & Gabbana. March 15, 2005

Roman Rennovation
Architect Richard Meier’s Ara Pacis project, in the heart of Rome. May 2, 2005

Renaissance Pears
One woman’s efforts to preserve Italy’s arboreal history. September 5, 2005

Ruffled Feathers
Scandal and murder in the British Museum of Natural History. May 29, 2006

Game Master
A profile of Will Wriight, the designer of SimCity and the Sims, among other groundbreaking video games. November 6, 2006

Fragmentary Knowledge
The mystery of the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient mechanical device found at the bottom of the sea. May 14, 2007

Sowing for Apocalypse
The Svalbard Seed Bank. August 27, 2007

American Scrap
The global metal recycling economy. January 14, 2008

Hello, Hal
The long quest for accurate speech recognition. June 23, 2008

Suffering Souls
On psychopaths. November 10, 2008

Don’t Shoot
One man’s formula for fighting inner city homicide. June 22, 2009

The Price of the Ticket
How ticket scalping became legitimate. August 10, 2009

The Abstractionist
A profile of architect Zaha Hadid. December 21, 2009

Water Music
The man who designed the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel. January 18, 2010

The Last Babylift
On adopting a child from Haiti. May 10, 2010

How to Make It
A profile of James Dyson, the inventor of the Dyson bagless vacuum. September 22, 2010

Crush Point
The physics of fatal crowd stampedes. February 7, 2011

Snacks for a Fat Planet
PepsiCo’s efforts to make healthier snacks. May 16, 2011

Engineering the perfect apple. November 21, 2011

Streaming Dreams
The short but eventful history of YouTube. January 16, 2012

The Geek of Chic
A profile of Federico Marchetti, the found of Yoox. September 10, 2012

Network Insecurity
Why cyber security is so difficult to achieve. May 20, 2013

The Beach Builders
The debate over beach renourishment in the age of rising sea levels. July 22, 2013