I’ve had a busy and enjoyable few months since rejoining New Statesman as a North America correspondent. I have written two longform articles, the first on the dangerous rise of perfectionism and the second on how to teach happiness.
It’s been fun to write on lots of subjects that interest and amuse me, from New York cult gyms and the bizarre market for artisanal water to new research into what God looks like , the differences between American and British English and how DNA testing sites became a police weapon.
I feel most proud, however, of my reporting on immigrant rights in the US. I have recently written about:
- The nightmare haunting the dreamers
- ICE deportations and the NYC sanctuary movement
- Inside Berks, the US’s oldest family detention centre and a “black hole where the law doesn’t seem to apply”
- Family separations and the politics of hate
- An interview with a father and son separated at the border