Recent Work

The Boys Will Work It Out

Since a child, Sarz had a deep connection to the Lord of the Rings books. After the movie version came out in 2003, that connection went several layers deeper. (Note: This story is super-super-NSFW.)

How to Make Ads That Even Savvy Customers Trust

People are more skeptical than ever about marketing—but that doesn’t mean they distrust all of it.

The Trade Magazine Editor Who Gets to Stay in the World’s Best Hotels

"I did turn the china around at one point, and it was Spode."

Rotary scholar combines business and environment

"I speak maybe three or four languages on a daily basis."

Meet Chicago’s Meat Photographer

“I don't know anyone who's shot more raw meat in this town than me."

Newsmaker: Neil Patrick Harris

"If it’s crass and base and lewd, well … I guess that could be fun."

How Drinking Beer Is Saving Russian Lives

Decades later, a Soviet public health initiative is still increasing male life expectancy.

The Fearful Daily Life of an Undocumented Immigrant in Chicago

"If one person finds out, you're putting in jeopardy everything you've worked for."

Fellowship of the Fans

How fan fiction can connect teens and libraries

A Best Friend–In Multiple Ways (PDF)

Service dogs do much more than help the blind.
May 2016