The Best American Short Stories 2016

by on Oct.21, 2016, under News



My short story "Cracolándia," originally published by Kenyon Review, was listed as a notable story in The Best American Short Stories 2016.   

The Best American Sports Writing 2015

by on Oct.13, 2015, under News



One of my Harper's postcards from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, "Below the Beautiful Horizon," was a notable selection in The Best American Sports Writing 2015chosen by series editor Glenn Stout. 


by on Sep.30, 2015, under Fiction




You can read my short story "Cracolándia" online at Kenyon Review. 

Remember that boy who juggled côcos in the centro, the one who killed his sister and her man? No matter what the cops said, I always believed he was innocent. You see, I watched those kids grow up. Othoniel de Fogo, his big sister Arminda, their best friend Edvaldo. Those three were a pázhino—together, noon or night.

The Third Bank of the River: Life and Death in the 21st Century Amazon

by on Sep.21, 2015, under News


I'm thrilled to share that my first book, The Third Bank of the River: Life and Death in the 21st Century Amazon, will be published by Picador USA in fall 2017!  

Publisher's Weekly has the details: "The book is a work of narrative nonfiction combining literary reportage, travel writing, and memoir. It tells the story of the contemporary Amazon rainforest as it undergoes major cultural, economic, and physical changes through the eyes of a collection of its inhabitants."

Book Review: Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt

by on Sep.20, 2015, under Reviews




At the San Francisco Chronicle, I review Patrick deWitt's fabulist new novel, Undermajordomo Minor. 

The Oregon Ducks Capture the Best and Worst of College Football

by on Jan.12, 2015, under Opinion



At The Atlanticjust in time for the College Football Playoff National Championship, I wrestle with the thrill and agony of being an Oregon Ducks fan.  


by on Dec.27, 2014, under Fiction



You can read my new short story, "Mercury," in the Winter issue of Kweli, guest-edited by Danielle Evans.

The inauguration of the Spaceport of France was declared a holiday in Guiana, and tribes from as far as Brazil made camp along the coast to witness blastoff.  It was a rainless day in the jungle, rocket fueled and gleaming on the launchpad.  As the boys from Saint-Sébastien hopped off the school bus, commands crackled from the control center like the voice of God.

Can You Write a Novel on Twitter?

by on Nov.30, 2014, under News







In Foreign Policy, Ruth Franklin examines the quest to write great literature, 140 characters at a time.  Her essay discusses Twitter literature in a wide range of forms, including work from Teju Cole, Jennifer Egan, David Mitchell, Elliot Holt and others — and a mention of my 2014 Twitter Fiction Festival story, #PolarVortex, about an airport paralyzed by a winter storm: 

"Public relations tweets from fictional airlines and ads for the airport's sushi bar mingle with the stories of stranded passengers and crew members — one anxiously en route to a job interview, another watching his relationship fall apart via text.  With a nod to the increasing use of Twitter as a means for sharing images, Arnold's narrative takes advantage of the platform's visual capabilities, collaging weather maps, photographs and video in his feed."

Coca-Cola gave L.A. residents ‘free’ rain barrels. What’s the catch?

by on Nov.21, 2014, under Opinion


At the Los Angeles Times, I take a closer look at Coca-Cola's latest bluewashing campaign: 1,000 "free" rain barrels for L.A. residents.

How to Lead a Tribe in the New Amazon

by on Sep.22, 2014, under Reporting


At Outside, I visit the Tururukari-Uka tribe of Amazonas, Brazil to see how one young chief balances heritage and modernity during the World Cup and beyond.   

The Great American Twitter Novel

by on Jul.23, 2014, under News







At The New Yorker, Ian Crouch looks at the past, present and future of #twitterfiction, citing #PolarVortex as one example of "wild formal invention" on Twitter:   

There’s potential on Twitter for wild formal invention. Rather than just fiction tweeted, writers could find narrative in retweets, faves, blocks, and unfollows, and write in not just words but images, GIFs, emoji, and hyperlinks. Characters might exist as different Twitter handles, put in conversation, or else many characters subtly inhabiting a single account. It would wade into the messiness of parody accounts, anonymous mystery accounts, brand accounts, fake brand accounts, bots, and real people posing as bots. There are examples of this kind of writing, and its real emotional and intellectual possibilities, in the archive of work created for the Twitter Fiction Festival, which was held this past March: God tweets out a new book of the Bible about Justin Bieber; a cast of characters tweet about being trapped in a fictional airport during the polar vortex; Henry David Thoreau gets a smart phone at Walden Pond. Twitter is often funny, and so is Twitter fiction, but there are stories, too, of lost love, loneliness, and despair.

Brazil’s ‘1984’-stlyle security may be coming to your city

by on Jul.15, 2014, under Opinion








At the Los Angeles Times, I write about Brazil's 1984-style security at the World Cup — and what it may mean for public spaces around the world.

Manaus – stories from a distant city

by on Jul.09, 2014, under Reporting










The From Brazil blog at Folha de S. Paulo has my piece on the hidden stories of Manaus, featuring a gallery of photos by Leco Jucá.

World Cup Boom and Bust

by on Jul.08, 2014, under Reporting


At Harper's, you can read my postcard from the World Cup in Manaus.

In Brazil, World Cup talk is colored by politics

by on Jun.28, 2014, under Reporting



At the Los Angeles TimesI contributed to this report by Vincent Bevins on the politics of the World Cup in Brazil.

Below the Beautiful Horizon

by on Jun.24, 2014, under Reporting


I wrote a postcard from the World Cup in Belo Horizonte for Harper's.

At the Bank and in the Bar, Brazilians Love Predicting World Cup Winners

by on Jun.20, 2014, under Reporting














At Sports Illustrated, I write about how Brazilian soccer fans from all walks of life have a little money at stake in the World Cup — and even the federal government wants in on the action. 

If Brazil cares about its legacy, it won’t silence World Cup protesters

by on Jun.10, 2014, under Opinion








At the Los Angeles Times, I write about freedom of expression during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

After rape investigation, University of Oregon needs to show courage, not crisis management

by on May.19, 2014, under Opinion


At the Los Angeles Times, I write about the University of Oregon's bungled response to rape allegations against members of its men's basketball team. 

The NBA won’t tolerate racism, so why does the NFL tolerate ‘Redskins’?

by on Apr.30, 2014, under Opinion


At the Los Angeles Times, I ask whether the NFL will still tolerate its Washington franchise name in the wake of the Donald Sterling fiasco.