Julian Rubinstein

  • Photo of anti-gang activist Terrance Roberts in Denver
    Anti-gang activist Terrance Roberts in Denver, from forthcoming book, The Holly


Julian Rubinstein is an award-winning journalist and author. He is Visiting Professor of the Practice in Documentary Journalism at the University of Denver. His non-fiction book, Ballad of the Whiskey Robber, was called "an instant classic" by Canada's Globe and Mail, and was a New York Times "Editors' Choice" and a finalist for an Edgar Award. His magazine work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and others. His journalism has been collected in numerous anthologies, including Best American Essays, Best American Crime Writing, Best American Science and Nature Writing and twice in Best American Sports Writing. His new book The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun and the Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood was published in 2021 and named a New York Times "Editors' Choice." more →

Operation Easter

Operation Easter, The New Yorker

“Five Most Entertaining Stories of the Year” –Longform.org

Read Julian’s story about the world of illegal egg collectors from The New Yorker.

The Holly

The Holly

Available Now: An award-winning journalist’s dramatic account of a shooting that shook a community to its core, with important implications for the future.

“This gripping story of political collusion, murder, and redemption is a page turner with a propulsive weight of urgency.” —Davarian Baldwin, author of Chicago's New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, and Black Urban Life

“Seldom have I encountered a feat of storytelling as memorable or richly textured as THE HOLLY...” —Brendan I. Koerner, author of The Skies Belong To Us and Now the Hell Will Start

“Only through Rubinstein's careful reporting could the redevelopment of a shopping center resemble a Colorado mining boom and the leadup to a ribbon-cutting at a Boys and Girls Club assume the drumbeats of a march to the executioner.” —Tom Zoellner, author of The National Road: Dispatches from a Changing America

Whiskey Robber Cabaret

The acclaimed radio cabaret recording starring Eric Bogosian, Demetri Martin, Jonathan Ames, Gary Shteyngart, Arthur Phillips, Darin Strauss, and Jonathan Spottiswoode.

Music by Julian Rubinstein, One Ring Zero.

Listen to Jonathan Ames as the radio reporter who discovers Attila's identity:


From John McEnroe to the Hells Angels to the UK's Egg Bandits, a collection of award-winning magazine journalism from the pages of The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and others.

The Journalist & The Shrink

A first person film about my father and me. Written, directed and produced by Julian Rubinstein, in progress.