Aaron Gilbreath

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Aaron Gilbreath has written essays for Harper's, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, and The Dublin Review. His third book, The Heart of California: Exploring the San Joaquin Valley, was a finalist for the 2022 Oregon Book Award. His work has been nominated for a James Beard Award and named a notable in Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Sports Writing. Check out his serialized book about the overlooked cult classic album from the 1990s, Deconstruction and his Alive in the Nineties music Substack.


Cover Photo: A photograph of a man on a skateboard in mid-air, about to skate down the curve of a concrete bowl. He is wearing a helmet and wrist pads.
In Writing and Skating, It Hurts More Never to Try At All

Because I tolerated constant injury, I’m better than I ever was.

Dec 12, 2022
Cover Photo: A photograph of a pair of hands, with each one holding a large cheeseburger close to the camera.
Quitting Beef

Yes, burgers rule. They’re one of America’s truly great exports. They’re also a symbol of ecological tone deafness.

Sep 12, 2022