Jacob Brogan

The world is always ending

Writing

My work covers a wide range of topics, from stories of weird animals to investigations of digital archives. Some of my recent work can be found below.

When John Berger Looked at Death

The New Yorker

The critic an novelist John Berger wrote of death in much the same way he did about art—with an eye toward the fact of its materiality. I revisited those writings for the New Yorker after Berger's own death.

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The Loneliness of an Abandoned Moon Colony

Slate

Tom Gauld's Mooncop follow a police officer living on a lunar colony after almost all of the other residents make their way back to earth. I looked at the ways it hollows out a space within those evacuated visions and invites us to dwell within.

Behind the Scenes at the National Zoo With the World’s Most Dangerous Bird

Cassowaries are notoriously strange creatures, but what's it like to spend decades with one? I talked with the keepers of one of these peculiar and rare birds.