Ted is the author of several books, including Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, the New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and National Geographic. He is a professor at, and the former director of, New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
Five-acre homesteads with views of the Sangre de Cristos for $5,000 might sound like a bargain. But off-grid life in the middle of the San Luis Valley has a distinctly rough aspect, as the author learned when he volunteered to support locals whose lives become precarious when the weather gets cold.
On the 20th anniversary of Comedy Central’s iconic cartoon about the fictional South Park, Colorado-raised Ted Conover, who fell for the real thing as a teenager, returns decades later to discover that not much—and everything—has changed.
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