Natasha Frost

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Hello! I’m a writer, reporter, and editor, based in New York City via the UK and New Zealand. I tweet at @natashamfrost and answer emails and commissions at natasha.frost21 at gmail.com. I’m a full-time freelancer, and Contributing Writer for Atlas Obscura, largely available for writing and editing work and always excited to talk about possible projects. I’m especially interested in stories about history, ideas, culture, identity, and food, or some combination of the above. Very occasionally, I draw pictures, produce audio, and edit video. I’ve worked for Radio New Zealand, the BBC, and a random assortment of other places around the world.

Selected work

2018

For Quartz

On the perfection of the paperclip; on the squircle.

For History (formerly The History Channel): On the USSR’s failed calendrical experiment; on the legacy of Sex and the Cityon the impact of Lorena Bobbitt’s trial; on a hate crime, solved after 34 years.

For Atlas Obscura & Gastro Obscura (You can see all of my stories for Atlas here.)

On the length of a moment; on the reconstruction of a giant rhinoceros; on the controversial process of redesigning the wheelchair symbol; on the wonder of the ISO.

On life-saving lesbian pulp fiction; on tiny, perfect staircases; on short-lived Japanese woodblock tabloids; on the artist searching the world for artifacts bearing his name.

On a tribe of pacifist people on the edge of the world; on the academic who believed there was more to the story of homosexuality in the ancient church; on the OZ magazine obscenity trial; on Victorian cards for flirting.

On kiddie pools full of kimchi; on a quest for an erstwhile banana; on New York’s bagel famines; on the diets of the WWII Women’s Army Corpsthe Knights Templarninjas and sumo wrestlers; on the court case that killed the ladies’ menu; on the lost lingo of ‘soda jerks’.

2017

For Atlas Obscura: On the 18th-century gay bar; on the consciousness of bees; on a woodblock artist who destroyed all her work; on meringues made of smog; on birdwatching in North Korea; on ID cards for trans people in Weimar era Berlin; on 1970s dating ads; on dining in a zeppelin; on a 17th-century French witch hunt; on the Miss Subways pageant; on barbed wire telephone lines; on the history of passport photos; on Joe Orton’s library heist; on spiral escalators.

Elsewhere: On being married to a man people believe is a God, and life as India’s third gender (Vice); on a Holocaust survivor with a story to tell (NY City Lens); on Zoroastrians and vultures (Sangam).

2014 through 2016

On New Zealanders and the US election; on New Zealand’s flag referendum; on the safety of transgender inmates; on life after resettlement for New Zealand’s refugees (Radio New Zealand). On polyamory; on the young people who work with death; on taking vows of chastity, poverty and obedience (The Wireless NZ). On gendered French public space and on Paris’s council apartments (CityMetric/New Statesman).