Hello, all.

To read my work, please click the Publications tab above.  To read my most recent work, please click a link to the right.  Everything else — my bio, my presentations, my teaching experience — can be found above. Thanks for your interest!


My essay “Behind the Caves” is up at The Rumpus.


It’s about high school, my 20th high school reunion, Facebook, the Coolest of the Cool, the Nerd Elite, fumbled lines, missed points, and the ways in which we try — and often fail — to “only connect.”  You can read it here.  Thanks!

“A World of Objects” is a review essay focusing on two books: Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors, by Jeanne E. Arnold, et al., and A History of the World in 100 Objectsby Neil MacGregor.  

A World of ObjectsBoth books are about stuff — the stuff we live with now, and the stuff we have lived with over the course of human history.  But reader be warned: these books may inspire you to do some serious winnowing, purging and clutter clearing!  Look for “A World of Objects” at the beautiful and thought-provoking New Orleans Review.

The first in my review series, “Three Books to _______,” is up today at The Millions! It’s “Three Books to Get Over an Affair.”  Inspired by Alain de Botton’s idea that the “the cultural journalist should act as a kind of chemist … At the end of reviews, one might find discrete tags, comparable to the labels on pill packets, that would specify what sort of situation a given work might be for – and why,” each installment will review three books that address – some directly, some more tangentially – a particular issue. One book will be a classic, one will have been released in the last year, and one will be of a different genre. Look for the next installment in October!

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This is a bit of an experimental post.  I realized that anyone following this blog isn’t getting notified when I add something to a page (like “Publications”) or to one of my sidebars (like “Work forthcoming from …”) so I’m going to post regular updates when I have writing news.

My news for late summer is that I have several forthcoming publications –

I’ll be sure to post again when the pieces come out, but in the meantime you can click the links to enjoy other work from these terrific publications.



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