"The Grainmaker" --a profile of Dwayne Andreas, the international grain mogul who whispered in the ears of a half-dozen presidents and too many world leaders to list here. Published in George in August 1996, and later excerpted in the magazine's "best of" issue in 2001. It took seven months to get an interview with the publicity-shy Andreas, whose company was under investigation by the FBI at the time for alleged price-fixing. He revealed tidbits as his role in Richard Nixon's attempt to hand-pick his Democratic opponent in the 1972 Presidential election.
"Monkey Business"-- The twisted tale of Scientology's falling-out with its high-powered public relations firm, from Regardie's magazine, July-August 1994.
"He's Here, He's Queer, He's Republican"-- GQ magazine published my profile of gay GOP activist Rich Tafel in 1994. The magazine's fact-checkers,as I recall, were a bit puzzled about how to verify the virility-enhancing effects of spirulina and sleeping under a pyramid.
"Tales from the Paranoia Trade"--A 1993 Washington Post Magazine piece on the murky world of electronic counter-surveillance consultants. If you saw the Francis Ford Coppola movie "The Conversation," you'll be surprised to see that there's actually a real-life version of the Surveillance Expo that Gene Hackman visits at the beginning of the flick. Of course, the gadgetry I describe is like Stone Age stuff compared to what the NSA can do now. 
"Catcher in the Wry"--this profile of novelist Michael Chabon ("Mysteries of Pittsburgh," "Wonder Boys," "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay," etc.) ran in Orange Coast magazine in 1995.
"The Wild One"--A profile of turncoat Republican senator, Native American artist, judo champ and motorcycle enthusiast Ben Nighthorse Campbell. It appeared in the first issue of George magazine in 1995.
"Attack Flack"--A profile of crisis-P.R. man Eric Dezinall. Published in Regardie's Power, January 2000.
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"A Story Without An Ending"--A profile of crime novelist James Ellroy, as he investigates the real-life murder of his mother in the 1950s. Published in Orange Coast in 1996.
"The Most Incredible Story Ever Told"--the story of a woman who claims her father was the Black Dahlia killer. Published in Orange Coast in 1997.
"The Money Ride"--an investigative piece about the amusement park business and its dangerous dependence upon increasingly bigger, faster roller coasters. Published in Philadelphia magazine in 1997.
"Free Fall"--the strange tale of a former U.S. attorney and securities regulator who went over to the dark side, aiding the conmen he once had prosecuted. Appeared in Regardie's Power, January 2001.
"Living Ever Larger"--a look at supersized food, cars, houses and Americans, and the consequences for us all. From the Los Angeles Times Magazine, June 9, 2002.
"Snorkeling in the Cesspool"--a look at the rising media trend of vulgarity, from the Los Angeles Times Magazine, August 20, 2000.
"Moonwalk Down Memory Lane"--a look at Eighties nostalgia. From the Los Angeles Times Magazine, March 3, 2002
"Selling Sizzle"-- the art and science of creating new cars in LA's design studios. From the Los Angeles Times Magazine, September 14, 2003.
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2000s
"Is Your Boss Spying on You?" A look at electronic surveillance in the workplace. Good Housekeeping, January 2004.
"The Grand March of an American Misfit." A profile of scientist and explorer Michael Fay, who abandoned southern California to roam across a swath of African jungle that was devoid of human habitation. Los Angeles Times Magazine, January 20, 2002..
"Secrets and Strategy at Kroll"-- A look at the executive who holds the most secretive human resources jobs in the corporate world. Workforce magazine, June 2001.
"Whither the SUV?"--  A look at the sudden decline of the Hummer and other monster sport-utility vehicles. Los Angeles Times Magazine, August 28, 2005.
"Lord of the Ring" -- A profile of real estate developer turned boxing impressario Barry Linde. Regardie's, September-October, 2004.
"Kids Who Terrorize Kids"-- One of the first exposes of the hidden epidemic of ultraviolent bullying. Good Housekeeping, October 1998.
"The New Family Feud" -- Grandparents who sue their own kids for visitation rights to grandchildren. Good Housekeeping, February 2000.
"Risky Business" -- An investigation of how teenagers were losing their lives in workplace accidents and crimes, due to lax enforcement of labor laws. Good Housekeeping, April 2000.
"Nixon: The Comeback"--  Tricky Dick's unlikely resurgence, in a spate of films, books and a surprisingly unvarnished Presidential library and museum in Yorba Linda. Orange Coast magazine, July 2008.
"Art, Commerce and Questions" -- an exploration of marine painter Robert Wyland's business empire.  Orange Coast, November 2008.
"Today's Overscheduled Kids" -- A look at the increasingly crazed American family. Ladies' Home Journal, June 2004.
"What Men Want from Marriage." Ladies' Home Journal. 2004.
"Stem Cell Rock Star" -- A profile of Dr. Hans Keirstead, the University of California--Irvine researcher who startled the world by enablng paralyzed rats to walk--and aims to someday do the same for humans. Orange Coast, August 2010.
2010s
"Unforgettable" --  A profile of controversial memory researcher Elizabeth Loftus, who's appeared as a witness in scores of high-profile criminal trials. Orange Coast, November 2010.
"Webcam Job Interviews: How to Survive and Thrive"-- Here's a piece I wrote for Fast Company's website in January 2010. Not sure if it ran in the print edition as well.
"Rebecca Black, Revolutionary"-- My profile of a 14-year-old California girl who became an accidental YouTube superstar, whose music video "Friday," racked up more than 160 million views, after Comedy Central's Daniel Tosh made fun of it. Orange Coast, August 2011.
"A Slaughter, Reimagined"-- In the age of Twitter and YouTube, a mass shooting in southern California quickly morphed into a variety of memes that bore little resemblance to the actual crime. Orange Coast, June 2012.
 "In-N-Out's Burger Queen" -- My 2014 Orange Coast profile of Lynsi Snyder, heiress to a billion-dollar West Coast burger empire, who seldom gives interviews. It contained a number of revelations, including two instances in which she escaped kidnappers, and was featured in Business Insider.
"Rebuilding By Design:The Art of Resilience" -- I wrote this 2014 piece for Urban Land magazine about an architectural competition aimed at developing innovative ways to protect the New York metropolitan area against climate change and another Hurricane Sandy-like disaster.
"Want to Move Off the Grid? Here's How It's Done" -- Huffington Post republished up this piece on off-grid survivalism that I wrote for National Geographic Channel's website. They didn't pay me, but they did run a picture of me with my basset hound-pit bull Madge, which I appreciate.
   "The Horse Lady Vanishes" --mix a missing heiress, a charming but oily lothario-con man, and an enigmatic, vaguely creepy butler, and you get a mystery that took decades to resolve. From GQ.   
 "The Golden Age of Mediocrity,"In 1949, W. Somerset Maugham wrote an essay in which pondered whether Dostoevsky or El Greco was the greater artistic genius. Hard to imagine how he would react to a Rolling Stone cover proclaiming “The Genius of Eminem.” Read more meditations upon cultural grade inflation in from the Los Angeles Times Magazine.
 
"Why Isn't Randy Kraft Dead? In 1983, the California Highway Patrol pulled over a bland-looking Long Beach computer programmer named Randy Kraft, who turned out to have a drugged and dying U.S. Marine in his passenger seat, and snapshots of scores of other victims in his possession. But 30-plus years later, despite being caught in the act, one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history somehow has managed to avoid execution.  From Orange Coast.