Writing: Other Publications

Neal Ungerleider's articles for a wide range of publications.

About these articles: I'm a writer who has worked with the largest of large publications and small startups alike. The below articles give a pretty good overview of what I've done, what I've covered, and what the highlights have been.





  • In Praise Of Ordinary Coffee
  • Self-Care For The Self-Employed
  • Voter News Service, World Trade Center, 2000
  • A User's Guide To Los Angeles
  • Welcome To Techland
  • On Writing For Fun
  • Journalism Lessons From Joan Rivers
  • When Your City Disappears
  • Yelp's Nice, But Keep Your Travel Guides
  • Million Dollar Tumblr Baby
  • Why Tech Journalism Is Like Feed Journalism
  • The Future Will Be Creepy
  • The Tyranny Of Buzzwords


The Awl

Israel's Yuppie Revolt: A short guide to 2011's Israeli “social justice” protests, why Tel Avivians were jealous of the Arab Spring and about what happens when upwardly mobile professionals need their parents to help with rent.


Porcetta, Haggis and Padma: 16 hours spent at the Fancy Food Show, the world’s largest gourmet food trade show. Celebrity photo-ops, haggis potato chips and 2500 kinds of cheese… what’s not to love?

Budget Travel

Where It’s At (and When): A layperson’s guide to finding warehouse parties in Barcelona and Indian-style pizza in Oakland.


For God So Loved The World That He Gave His Only Begotten Theme Park: Connecticut's Holyland USA and the strange history of Roman Catholic theme parks in the United States.


The Laptop James Bonds: Inside the world of DIY intelligence analysts... and their blogs.

Foreign Policy

The Way To America’s Heart Is Through Its Stomach: How the gourmet food industry offers a chance for some of the world’s smallest countries to win American hearts and minds.


The Weird, Wild World Of Branded Slot Machines: How licensing fees for television shows became a mainstay of the casino industry.

Know Your Demo: Why Atlantic City's casinos intentionally target different age groups, ethnicities, and income levels.


When Rockets Hit Your Home: When you go to graduate school abroad, you assume you’ll have good stories when you return. Unfortunately, you’re sometimes right.

Life in the Tel Aviv Bubble: A guide to waiting out geopolitical conflicts via coffee, Cuban sandwiches and cognitive dissonance.

We Are All Converts: Reviewing Shlomo Sand’s ‘The Invention of the Jewish People’: One history- and anthropology-fascinated journalist vs. one controversial book that made the New York Times and the Israeli press freak out. Check.

Philadelphia City Paper

New Year’s in Beersheva: The best way to learn about the difference between Grad rockets and Katyushas is to have both of them fired at you.

Witout Borders: In which your humble correspondent tracks the cheesesteak to the furthest reaches of China and Eastern Europe.


Hybrid Power: The Iraqi-Israeli Sabich: Meet the best sandwich you've never eaten.


Hard Science, With a Twist: A guide to the best science-themed bar nights in the United States. Yes, science-themed bar nights.

The Rocky History of Rockers in Videogames: Since those halcyon days of Pong, video games have come out starring everyone from Michael Jackson to Aerosmith to the Thompson Twins. Here’s a screenshot-filled look back at the classics.

World Press Review

Screen Wars: How a spat between Silvio Berlusconi, Rupert Murdoch and Muammar al-Gaddafi almost sparked an international incident.

While attending graduate school at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheva, Israel, I moonlighted as a Middle East correspondent for the late, lamented True/Slant. True/Slant was later acquired by Forbes, but here are a few highlights from my time there:

CIA Suicide Bomber Was… A Blogger: Not only that, but this particular jihadist also wrote Caliphate fanfic.

Dubai Debt 101: A Beginner’s Guide: A simple explanation of how years of limitless construction compounded by unusual accounting and planning put the brakes on the City of Tomorrow.

The United States’ Secret War in Yemen: Before an African terrorist with overstuffed underwear made everyone’s Christmas a bit more interesting, the US military was involved in covert Yemeni operations. Here is a short guide to them.

Kentucky Fried Chicken Infiltrates the United Nations: A story so strange it has to be true. An actor playing the fast food chain’s beloved spokesperson is waved past multiple layers of security at the United Nations’ New York headquarters. Was it faulty security procedures? Was it a lucky break? One thing is sure - the chicken was delicious.

Dubai Assassination 101: A Short Guide to Mahmoud al-Mabhouh: A spycraft primer involving Israel, Hamas, the European Union, the United Arab Emirates and plenty of others.

Writings on technology and government from Talking Points Memo.


One Nation Under Drones

Imagine: you’re on an uneventful final descent into your local metropolitan airport when suddenly the pilot makes a violent lurch to the left. The captain’s voice comes over the loudspeaker with an apology for the turbulence. “Sorry folks,” she says, “all OK up here, but we had to swerve to…

Inside The Messy Global Race for the Metals That Power Your iPhone

Driving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, there is little to see across the flat expanse in the desert east of Barstow, California. Head to the state line and there are few gas stations and fewer towns. Most of the action happens underground: alongside I-15, near the Nevada border, in a tiny blink-and-you'll-miss-it town called Mountain Pass, more than 350 people work around the clock to mine and process the rare earth elements essential to the smartphones and computers which run our world.

Mountain Pass is operated by a company called Molycorp. It's part of an exclusive club - one that holds the key to a problem that vexes the tech industry, the military, and governments the world over: How to keep rare earth metals affordable.



Oklahoma Wants To Reserve Airspace For Drones

DARPA Is Funding Interstellar Space Travel

Mobile Apps Come With Huge Privacy Loopholes, Little Transparency

New Treaty Opens Russia To American Nuclear Industry

New Computer Program Predicts Likelihood Of Violent Unrest Abroad

New Hampshire Embraces Open-Source Government

The Army Is Now Training Patriot Missile Crews Via iPhone App