In the Land of No Right Angles. Vintage/Anchor Books, 2008.
“Heartland,” Sudden Flash Youth: 65 Short-Short Stories, ed. Christine Perkins-Hazuka, Tom Hazuka, and Mark Budman. Persea Books, 2011.
“The Terms,”The Mississippi Review, Fall 2005.
“Eternal Bliss,” Open City No. 12, Spring 2001.
“Azure,” The KGB Bar Reader, ed. Ken Foster. William Morrow & Co., 1998. Previously published in American Short Fiction, Spring 1996.
“Daphne and the Giant Peach,” Vogue, Sept. 2018. (The diagnosis, treatment, and aftermath of a brain tumor.)
“The Beauty of Bumble,” Marie Claire, Sept. 2018. (The CEO and founder, Whitney Wolfe Herd, on her women-first dating app and what makes her cry.)
“Indian Summer,” Vogue, June 2017. (The Indian writer Arundhati Roy at the publication of her second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.)
“Uzbekistan Uncovered,” Conde Nast Traveler, Dec. 2017. (A journey through the Central Asian country at the heart of the Silk Road.)
“Love and Basketball,” Vogue, Aug. 2016. (The WNBA star Elena Delle Donne opens up.)
“Lone Star Bohemia,” Vanity Fair, June 2012, with Sean Wilsey. (Marfa, Tex.: once a dying cattle town, now an odd and chic cultural outpost.)
“G.P. Putnam,” The Who, the What, the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History, ed. Jenny Volvoski. Chronicle Books, 2014. (Where would Amelia Earhart have been without her guy?)
“When One Sibling Is Developmentally Disabled,” NPR, Oct. 2010. (Missing a sister at Thanksgiving.)
“Home at Last,” Vogue, Dec. 2010. (What home means, while you live there and when it’s gone.)
“Wisconsin,” State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America, ed. Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey. HarperCollins, 2009. (A personal tour of America’s Dairyland.)
“The Age of Innocence,” Freud’s Blind Spot: 23 Original essays on Cherished, Estranged, Lost, Hurtful, Hopeful, Complicated Siblings, ed. Elisa Albert. Free Press, 2010. (A reflection on growing up with an intellectually disabled sibling.)
“Living With Music: A Bollywood Playlist by Daphne Beal,” by Gregory Cowles, The New York Times, March 25, 2009. (Dance, dance, dance!)
“Talk Show 27 With Daphne Beal, Charles Bock, Emily Chenoweth, John McNally, Irina Reyn and Peter Trachtenberg,” ed. Jaime Clarke, Feb. 7, 2009. (Wishing for a chuck wagon at dinnertime.)
“Embrace the Paradox!” The Huffington Post, Jan.11, 2009. (Mumbai is ‘“no place to be a puritan,” and the narrative wobbles of Slumdog Millionaire.)
“Seasoning’s Greetings,” The New York Times Magazine, Sept. 19, 2008. (From the heartland’s comfort food to the spices of Nepal.)
“The Art of Losing,” The New York Times Magazine, Aug. 3, 2008. (Three generations travel back to where the'y’ve been before..)
“Interview with Mira Nair,” The Believer, March 2007. (The filmmaker on the beauty of Alphonso mangos, casting the The Namesake, and why we should all visit a laughing club..)
“Mother Knows Best,” Vogue, Oct. 2007. (Why home birth makes sense…for some.)
“The Moguls of Mumbai,” Vogue, Sept. 2006. (Three young businesswomen make their marks in modern-day India.)
“Friday Night Fish Fry,” Saveur, Aug./Sept. 2006. (Wisconsin’s weekly tradition in all its gemütlichkeit.)
“Woman in White,” Vogue, April 2006. (Profile of actor Lisa Ray.)
“Interview with Janet Malcolm,” The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers, ed. Vendela Vida. Believer Books, 2005. Previously published in The Believer, Oct. 2004. (On the journalist’s inevitable betrayal, making collages, and what Gertrude Stein ate.)
“The Space Between Things,” Chinati Foundation Newsletter, Spring 2006. (The lasting friendship of John Wesley and Donald Judd.)
“The Patterns of Love,” Vogue, Sept. 2004. (On growing up with an intellectually disabled sibling. Reprinted in Freud’s Blind Spot.)
“The Poor Thing: Three Weeks with Nepali Prostitutes in Bombay,” McSweeney’sNo. 11, Summer 2003. (On Falkland Road with young women who traveled far looking for a better life.)
“Diary,” The London Review of Books, March 6, 2003. (Orange alert during the first war in Iraq, really?)
“Portrait of a Renegade,” Vogue, Oct. 2002. (Arundhati Roy, the Indian writer who won’t be quiet.)
Review of House of Women, by Lynn Freed, Vogue, Feb. 2002.
Review of This Is Not It, by Lynne Tillman, Bookforum, Winter 2002.
Review of Leaving Disneyland, by Alexander Parsons, The New York Times Book Review, Dec. 2, 2001.
“The Chinati Foundation: A Museum in Process,” Art in America, Oct. 2000. (An unusual museum gains its footing.)
“A Complicated Relationship: Review of Art and Architecture Symposium,” Metropolis, August/Sept. 1998. (World-renowned artists and architects gather.)
“Search for Dialogue Between Disciplines,” Architects’ Journal, May 14, 1998. (The “Art and Architecture Symposium” in Marfa, Tex.)
“Donald Judd in Marfa, Texas,” Metropolis, March 1997. (Why the Minimalist artist defected from New York City to the Chihuahuan Desert..)
Reporter forThe Big Bend Sentinel, June – Sept. 1996. (Working for the Marfa, Tex., weekly, covering news on the border.)
Reviews of Rain, by Kirsty Gunn; Painted Desert, by Frederick Barthelme; Quality Time, by Edward Koren. The New Yorker, 1995–1996.