Aborted Protest

Dennis Bartel covers one of the largest trials in Pittsburgh history, as the “Abortion 68” learn the ways of justice. The time is April 1994. The New Journalism of Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thompson, Gay Talese, as well as the grandfathers of New Journalism, Truman Capote and Norman Mailer, has passed its peak vogue. New Journalism has been absorbed into the bloodstream of mainstream journalism and runs through the veins of a new generation of writers.

Federal Hill Homeless

DJB, writing as Pru Holt, takes aim at local merchants who attempt to send their homeless neighbors running, in one of his several published tracts on a modern American problem that only seems to get worse with time.


No Place Like Home

A week after the above story was published, DJ Bartel wrote a longer, greater detailed account of homelessness in his neighborhood for a national audience, including much more on homeless advocate Mitch Snyder.


Our Daily Bread

Dennis takes us inside a Baltimore soup kitchen and outside onto the streets to hear from its patrons in this iconic radio documentary.



Violence in Israel

DJB reports from Israel as he travels in the Middle East. In this first of a series of observational pieces, he details the violence in the Land of Milk and Honey, from Tel Aviv to Galilee, which goes largely unreported in the U.S.


Classical Dogs

Comments from the author on “Classical Dogs” – “I sold this doggone piece to the classical music mag BBC. They held it a year or so, then sent it back, saying they ultimately could not use it and I was free to do with it as I wished. I decided I was probably wasting my time with music magazines, and found the wonderful BARk Magazine, located in Berkeley, California. I think you’ll agree, it is a most literate and humane publication.”

Bible Drill

DJB contemplates the intersection of sport – scripture – and the efflorescence of young bodies. Where can you find John 3:16? On the field of play? And do you know where in the Bible you can find the book of Philemon?


James Dean – Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die

DJ Bartel takes a wild ride with the movie icon. First, he immerses himself in the James Dean trilogy CalJimBick. Next, he watches the man behind the persona. Finally, DJ revs his engine and off we go, chasing the myth that never dies.


Preserving Maryland’s Airwaves

This photo essay with Erin Kyle represents DJ Bartel’s last published work before leaving the east coast and returning home to L.A., 27 years to the month after he left L.A. at age 27. The essay appeared in Maryland Life. Erin & Dennis find three distinctly different stations who still do radio the old-fashioned way, they care about it.

A Cautionary Backtale

With the passing of Chuck Kinder, author of Honeymooners: A Cautionary Tale, and the model used by Michael Chabon in his novel Wonder Boys for the outlaw-writer Grady Tripp, DJB offers a remembrance of his former mentor.


Charles Bukowski –¬†Feverish with Climbing Broken Ladders

An appreciation by DJB, upon the death of his former tote board watching friend. “Word of his death was all over the mass media, as word of his books never was.”


The Nutcracker – Dark Spirits in the Christmas Lights

Dennis James Bartel’s perennial holiday downer, illustrates how the truth can puncture the glittering myth. Exhaustively researched, elegantly told, widely read.