Selected Non-Fiction

RECENT: 

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“Review of Lucy Ives’ Loudermilk” - 4Columns

"The Southie in SMILF, A Very Boston Comedy" - newyorker.com 

"Back In The Driver's Seat: Counterpoint Reissues Mary Robison's Sardonic Novel" - 4Columns

"Schtick Figures: Jeremy Dauber's History of Jewish Humor" - Bookforum

"Lost & Found: On John Berryman's Recovery- Tin House

OLDER: 

"Review of Etgar Keret's The Seven Good  Years" - NYTBR

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"Passover, a Conversation" (w/ Jonathan Wilson) - Tin House Issue 67

“On Beauty: Shaved Heads” - The Fabulist

"“View of Cambodia from the Backseat of a Toyota” - American Reader

"Amateur Night" - Paris Review Daily 

"Buffering" - Paris Review Daily

"O. and I" - Paris Review Daily

"Texas Forever" - Paris Review Daily  (a longer version of this piece appears in the anthology A Friday Night Lights Companion: Love, Loss, and Football in Dillon, Texas

"A Love Letter to Elvis Costello" - Paris Review Daily

Letters to Don Draper (archive of weekly column) - Paris Review Daily

"Notes on Raunch - Bookforum 

"Review of House of Holes by Nicholson Baker" - Bookforum

"Review of The More You Ignore Me by Travis Nichols - Bookforum (paywall) 

"Review of A Heaven of Others by Joshua Cohen" - Bookforum

"Review of The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich - Bookforum

"Review of Don Juan: His Own Version by Peter Handke" - Bookforum

"Louie C.K. and the Rise of the Laptop Loner" - The Los Angeles Review of Books

-This was the longest piece of criticism I'd written at the time, and a lot of thought and work went into it. Looking back, the piece seems wildly lacking in prescience. About Louie, sure, but more so about the direction of the culture, post-Trump, and the effect that social media would have on people’s personal experiences of culture. The idea of the “Laptop Loner” turned out to be a total misreading of the way people were then just beginning to watch television—alone at their computers, yes, but with the voice of the zeitgeist playing loudly in their ears. Still, I’d like to think the piece has some continuing value as a historical document.

"When Fury Becomes the Essay: Otherwise Known as the Human Condition by Geoff Dyer" - New York Observer