I’ve written essays and criticism, print and web features, and reported pieces, mostly about books (nearsighted bookworm), science (geology degree), and nerd stuff (raging nerd). For the determined Internet stalker, find a more comprehensive list of articles here.
Four debut novels, The New York Times Book Review
Three short story collections, The New York Times Book Review
Having and Being Had by Eula Biss, Guernica
Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer, The New York Times Book Review
Three Dystopian Novels, The New York Times Book Review
How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell, The Believer
Rising by Elizabeth Rush, Bay Nature
Adele by Leila Slimani, San Francisco Chronicle
Eager by Ben Goldfarb, Bay Nature
All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung, The Rumpus
Timefulness by Marcia Bjornerud, Bay Nature
There There by Tommy Orange, San Francisco Chronicle
Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles, Los Angeles Review of Books
Eternal Life by Dara Horn and How to Stop Time by Matt Haig, Los Angeles Review of Books
Sourdough by Robin Sloan, San Francisco Chronicle
I contribute unsigned reviews to Kirkus and The New Yorker’s Briefly Noted column.
“Can This Two-Week Program Make You a Better Reader—And Do You Want It To?,” Electric Literature
“Why I Hide from Writerly Dread in the Pages of Self-Help,” Literary Hub
“‘Circe’ Shows Us How Storytelling Is Power—And How That Power Can Be Seized,” Electric Literature
“Looking Up,” University of Chicago Magazine. An essay in which I wax sentimental about the summer I spent hunting gargoyles at my alma mater.
The New York Times for Kids
I contribute frequently to the New York Times for Kids, a print section in the New York Times on the last Sunday of every month.