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Chris Colin has written about Japan's rent-a-friend industry, Obama's Irish roots, endangered noodles, chimp filmmakers, ethnic cleansing, George Bush’s pool boy, blind visual artists, solitary confinement, strange Burger King lawsuits, creepy river access wars, insurgent Barbadian road tennis, a gay chorus’s tour of the Deep South and more for the, the New York Times Magazine, Pop-Up Magazine, Saveur, the Atavist, Outside, Wired, Smithsonian and Mother Jones. His work is featured in 2019’s Best American Science & Nature Writing, and 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’s a senior editor at Wildsam books, and lives in San Francisco with his family.