Michael May

Michael May
Michael May is a former Observer managing editor. He’s now a freelance journalist based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

By Michael May:


The Freedom Files

by Michael May | Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 14:42 CST
After spending decades in prison, Dallas exonerees are launching their own detective agency to free innocent people from prison.

The Houston Kid

Writing from the Roots.

Success made Rodney Crowell,but in a roundabout way. The Texas musician, known as a songwriter’s songwriter, has written a memoir about his childhood in Jacinto City, a working-class neighborhood on the Houston Ship Channel. Crowell’s literary voice is witty and … Read More

Arts & Minds

Youssou N’Dour comes to Central Texas

The Senegelese singer brings a fusion of reggae and African music.

  The African superstar Youssou N’Dour is coming to Austin this Saturday, June 18. Fans of his music know that N’Dour not only performs music from his native Senegal, but lends his rich voice to a variety of styles and … Read More

Criminal Justice

Freedom Fighters

Dallas has freed more innocent men from prison than any other county in the country. Now they’re working together to change the system.

On May 12, Johnnie Pinchback became the 28th Dallas man to be freed from prison after evidence proved police got the wrong guy. I spoke to him the day after he got out. He was so happy to be free … Read More

Arts & Minds

Green Terror

An interview with Will Potter, author of "Green is the New Red."

For Will Potter, the subject matter behind Green is the New Red is personal.  While working at the Chicago Tribune, he got a visit from two FBI agents at his apartment. The month before, Potter had been arrested at a … Read More


The Bubu King Comes to SXSW

Superstar Janka Nabay fled war in Sierra Leone. Now he's starting over.

It’s a given that many of the more than 2,000 bands that play SXSW each year have struggled along the way to get there. But Janka Nabay, the bubu music king from Sierra Leone, sacrificed more than most. He’s been … Read More