Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Made in China

Over the weekend "Made in China," a story by RBM about whether American groceries and garden supplies should contain human hair, won third prize among research and reporting-based essays at the 2009 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference in Grapevine, Texas. The essay will appear in the 2010 volume of the conference's journal, Ten Spurs. Above: an organic weed mat, intended for potted plants, is sold online and woven entirely from Chinese hair.

Update -- The full list of winners at July's conference, and our benefactors:


  1. Wow - congrats, Ben! Can't wait to read it.

  2. Thank you, sister. Guess what? I still have some of your Bourbon Coffee from Kigali that I'm intending to grind as soon as I find a decent machine.