Brendan Spiegel

Brendan Spiegel is the Editorial Director and Co-Founder of Narratively. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Wired, New York magazine, the Village Voice and many other publications.

Stories By Brendan Spiegel

A Trip to See Her Ailing Sister. The First Visit With His Mom in Years. With a Stroke of Trump’s Pen, All Canceled.

Hundreds of thousands of Iranian citizens who live and work in the U.S. just had their world turned upside down. We talked to several about life under “The Muslim Ban.”

The Donald Trump of the 1840s

A tide of anti-immigrant rage among working-class voters. Dire warnings that the America we know and love is on the verge of extinction. One charismatic leader rides the wave of righteous anger. Sound familiar?

The Photographer at the Top of the World

When a Danish special forces operative was stationed in remote Greenland, he found his calling: getting remarkably up-close and personal with the rarified creatures on the edge of the Earth.

Tagging the Battlefield

In the war camps of Kandahar, antsy young soldiers turn security barriers into street art. The command culture calls it vandalism, but one senior Army vet sees poetry.

The Coffee Chronicler

New York’s foremost java expert explains how we got to $5 single-brews and $75-a-pound beans, and just where the heck we’re going next.

Tense Times in Graffiti Town

A forty-year-old photography project reveals a crime-ridden, urine-soaked subway system that makes today's look downright luxurious.

A Promised Land

Through the deserts of Africa to the hallowed earth of Israel and Ground Zero, an Ethiopian Jew recounts his convoluted journey to anonymity in America.

The Piano Mover

Thirty-nine years and 50,000 instruments later, Carl Demler has been wrong exactly twice.