Michael Stahl

Michael Stahl is a freelance writer, editor and journalist based in Queens, New York whose work has been published in several print and digital publications. He is a features editor at Narratively.

Stories By Michael Stahl

Pauline Hanson is the Donald Trump of Australia. And She Just Won.

How an anti-immigrant outsider with a flair for the dramatic became the yuge-est thing Down Under.

The Last Time New York Was Hardcore

In the ’90s, one high-octane underground music scene desperately held on to its rebellious roots of power chords, slam dancing and stage diving. What happened to hardcore?

That Time I Hit a Parked Car—and Just Walked Away

Recently divorced, extremely broke and terrified of yet another bill, I was shocked to learn of my own capacity to shirk responsibility.

‘Drinker with a Writing Problem’

How swiping right made me question my sanity.

The Day My Therapist Dared Me to Have Sex With Her

My analyst and I grew more intimately connected each week of treatment...but I never saw this indecent proposal coming.

Toxic Gumbo

How to Succeed in a Most Puzzling Business

When an artist, an architect and a rocket scientist team up to create the next great puzzle craze, they learn that conquering the toy market is far from child’s play.

The 9/11 of Absence Excuses

New York’s darkest day, a disruptive student’s comic antics are just too much to bear. But eighteen months later, her tormented teacher gets the last laugh.

Twilight of the Guardian Angels

Born in the crucible of seedy 1970s New York, does Curtis Silwa’s red-bereted band of citizen crime busters have a place in post-Giuliani, post-Bloomberg NYC?