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Ryan Bradley

Ryan Bradley is a writer and editor whose work also appears in the New York Times Magazine, Popular Science, the Guardian, and GQ. He lives in Los Angeles.



March 2, 2020 | Essays

Imitating the Architecture of Nature

Illustration by Julien Pacaud

Long Way Home

Spring 2017 | Essays

The Circumnavigations of Henk De Velde

When I first wrote the Dutchman, ten years ago, he was sailing around the world alone for the sixth and final time. His plan, he said, was to keep on sailing, continuing this last circumnavigation until the day he died, or until he found some unknown place “behind the horizon.” At the time, Henk De Velde was somewhere in the Atlantic, slightly closer to South America than any other continent, but not very close to anywhere at all.

Photo by Ryan Bradley.

The Air Keeps It Interesting

Fall 2016 | Essays

1. In the darkness it was nothing but a thin low thrum, moving to a higher pitch as it neared. The Goodyear Blimp was somewhere out there. I stared into the sky off Venice Beach, California, trying to locate the thing. A woman in a polo shirt (Goo [...]

Illustration by Cristiana Couceiro

Mysterious American Cat

Summer 2016 | Essays

Due to their increasingly isolated habitats, the native mountain lion population of Los Angeles is under threat of extinction. Ryan Bradley discusses one solution under consideration, as well as the surprising relationship between big cats and one of the most populated cities in the country

Illustration by Cristiana Couceiro

Calling Art

Summer 2015 | Profiles

He wanted to be on air. So between the church programs, the vitamin programs, the chunks of time bought up in fifteen-minute slots, Art came on to announce what was up next. The station signed off at midnight, but by eleven o’clock no one was buying any air time. That left a whole hour to fill with whatever he wanted.