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26 songs in 30 days

Knowing the story behind these songs enriches them, but the real value and enjoyment of 26 Songs is the surprisingly relevant connections between past and present political issues it offers you to make through the lens of Guthrie’s music.
— The Stranger
26 Songs In 30 Days plunges deeply into the historical context of the time and the progressive politics that embraced Social Democracy during an era in which the United States had been severely suffering from The Great Depression. And though this is a musical history of a vibrant American musical icon and a specific part of the country, it couldn’t be a better reminder of how timeless and expansive such topics are in today’s political discourse.
— The Columbia Riverkeeper
26 Songs in 30 Days is powerful. Vandy and Person do expansive justice to their narrow subject, swerving outside their coffee table book lane and crucially, big-upping Guthrie while filleting the notion of his unassailable musical-ethical integrity. This is a book that raises philosophical, artistic and ethical questions.
— Seattle Review of Books

"Good medicine," included in Montana, Warts and all Anthology

I was most moved by the First Montanans section of the book. The four pieces it comprises demonstrate both the longevity and the immediacy of history as it backgrounds individual triumphs, whether in journalism or the military or on the basketball court. In particular, Daniel Person’s “Good Medicine,” about Jonas Rides At the Door’s struggles with PTSD after Iraq and the role of traditional indigenous ceremony in healing war-related trauma tells an important story and deserves wide readership.
— The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
From Browning to Fallujah, Iraq, Jonas Rides At The Door carried a medicine bundle from a culture that helped heal him at his return. “Better to die young at war than grow old,” an old Blackfeet proverb says. After outliving five friends, Rides At The Door believed that. “He thought his own survival somehow implicated him in the death of his friends,” Daniel Person wrote in an account of the veteran’s recovery. ... Rides At The Door’s story is among those included in a new book featuring the best writing from a decade of the Montana Quarterly magazine.
— The Great Falls Tribune

other works

I thoroughly appreciated Daniel Person’s examination in the Seattle Weekly of the role Cliff Mass has taken on in the region’s conversation about climate science. Mass has gained acclaim and stature as a public figure, a translator of science for the masses. He seems to very much enjoy that platform. His giddiness about high traffic to his site makes me wonder whether he has other motives outside for playing the contrarian.
— Sightline, on "Critical Mass"
What did Seattle Mayor Ed Murray know, and when did he know it? That’s the question that commentators of all political persuasions are asking, after Seattle Weekly confirmed a suspicion raised by this column: That the Mayor’s office deliberately sought to undermine a new University of Washington (UW) report on the city’s minimum wage experiment by seeking out a different report that was guaranteed to reach a positive conclusion.
— Forbes, on "One Wage, Two Studies"




From the tragic end to a social media phenom to a Blackfeet veteran who's used ancient rituals to treat PTSD, I've introduced readers to some of the most interesting people in the West.  

The Environment

My award-winning environmental coverage on wolves, dirty rivers and the business of being green has given readers a better understanding of how we affect the world around us.

Culture & History

I've written about roadhouses, the Pixies, video games and mysterious disappearances in order to capture the spirit of where we live and why we live there.