Selected Shorter Pieces


Old Ideas (on the interplay between Leonard Cohen’s 1960s novels and his music)
Virginia Quarterly Review

Labored Prose (on the dearth of depictions of childbirth in literary fiction)

Knausgaard's Triumph (a defense of My Struggle and the category of "autofiction")
Virginia Quarterly Review

Crave (on the blurry health/dysfunction line when it comes to eating)
Virginia Quarterly Review
note: "Crave" was listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2016ed. by Jonathan Franzen

Is The Atlantic Making Us Stupid?
Los Angeles Review of Books

The Joys of Trimming (on boiling down one's prose)
The New York Times

Talk of Their Town
Review of two New Yorker-related books
The New York Times Book Review

Michigan Quarterly Review

Making Things Is Hard Work
Review of Forty-One False Starts by Janet Malcolm
The Millions

Middlemarch and Me
Review of My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
Los Angeles Review of Books

Leave it to Beaver (on wearing fur)