Michael Stahl

Michael Stahl is a freelance writer, editor and journalist based in Queens, New York, whose work has been published in several print and digital publications, including Rolling Stone, Vice, Village Voice, Quartz, Splitsider, and CityLab. He is a features editor at Narratively.

Stories By Michael Stahl

These Fearless Females Are Drumming Their Way Into Music’s Biggest Boys’ Club

How an international contest is inspiring everyone from little girls to grandmas to pick up drumsticks — and may be saving the musical instrument industry in the process.

The Renegade Fashion Guru Who Wants to Change the Way We Think About Gender

How a former frat boy and high-flying retail exec finally found his calling—by opening America’s first gender-fluid clothing store.

The Jehovah’s Witness Kid Who Became a Millennial Sex-Club Guru

Brash, bold and bisexual, Daniel Saynt is an only-in-New-York success story.

Inside the Colorado Mansion Where the Kittens of BDSM Run Wild

An eye-opening afternoon at The Chateau, with the fast-growing, feline sub-sect of the adult role-playing universe.

This Standup Comic Turned His Disability Into Comedy Gold

Chris Crespo was born with a rare physical condition that left him with half-length arms – and a killer sense of humor.

This Man Makes Terrifyingly Realistic Donald Trump Masks

How an unemployed artist leveraged digital sculpting software, 3-D printing and social media to create a booming business like no other.

Emma Sulkowicz is More Than “That Mattress-Toting Sexual Assault Activist”

She earned worldwide fame for her campus protest. Now this empowered 24-year-old is getting into S&M – and taking on the art-world establishment.

This Graffiti Fanboy Steals Priceless Street Art Under the Cloak of Darkness

On the prowl with the Thomas Crown of the New York City streets.

(Photo: Jay-Dell Mah Collection, courtesy of Marvin Ligon)

The Secret History of Black Baseball Players in Canada’s Great White North

When Jackie Robinson broke the Major League color barrier seventy years ago, it was a triumphant step forward. It also meant the inevitable end of the proud Negro Leagues, sending...