Chris Colin

Chris Colin

Chris Colin has written about Japan's rent-a-friend industry, Obama's Irish roots, chimp filmmakers, ethnic cleansing, George Bush’s pool boy, blind visual artists, solitary confinement, the Yelpification of the universe and more for the NewYorker.com, the New York Times Magazine, Saveur, the Atavist, Pop-Up Magazine, Outside, Wired, Smithsonian, Mother Jones and Men's Health. He's a contributing writer for California Sunday Magazine and Afar. He's the author most recently of What to Talk About , as well as What Really Happened to the Class of '93 and Blindsight , named one of Amazon's Best Books of 2011. In 2015 he co-wrote This Is Camino, which was nominated for a James Beard Award. He teaches writing at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto and was an early editor at Salon.

Published

Can the Outdoors Save Guys from Themselves?

Men suffer higher rates of suicide and drug abuse than women. Many are anxious and lonely—and, as a result, they’re all too often angry and violent. Wilderness Collective thinks the solution lies in open spaces, UTVs, and fireside talks. But is that enough?

Chris Colin
Mar 23, 2020

This Sand Is Your Sand

A four-year battle over a tiny patch of river beach in Northern California—between two middle-aged guys with way too much time on their hands—illustrates the deep divide in how we perceive access rights to public lands

Chris Colin
May 30, 2018

A Bay Area Gym Wants You to Get Sweaty and Stoned

This May, the world's first cannabis-infused gym will open in San Francisco, where members will be encouraged to integrate the plant into their pre- and post-workout regimen

Chris Colin
Feb 24, 2017