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Diane Williams’s How High?–That High

The New York Times Book Review

How the Netanyahus Explain the World

Foreign Policy

Flowers Are the Ultimate Symbols

The New Yorker

Jacqueline Rose’s On Violence and on Violence Against Women


Lauren Oyler’s Fake Accounts


On Books

Corona Porn. The Paris Review Daily. 2021.

In the Trenches with the Colonizer: David Diop’s At Night All Blood Is Black. Foreign Policy. 2020.

The Tangled History of Illness and Idiocy. The Nation. 2020.

Ode to Rooftops. The Paris Review Daily. 2020.

Elena Ferrante’s The Lying Life of Adults. 4Columns. 2020.

The Hidden Power of the Passive Protagonist. LitHub. 2020.

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Die. The Paris Review Daily. 2020.

Review of Jenny Offill’s Weather4Columns. 2020.

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Die. The Paris Review Daily. 2020. 

Didion’s Mirror. FSG Work in Progress. 2019. 

Review of Marie NDiaye’s The Cheffe4Columns. 2019.

Review of Daša Drndić’s EEG. 4Columns. 2019. 

Joshua Cohen Confronts the New National Deficit in ATTENTION: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction. Los Angeles Review of Books. 2018.

Beyond Good and (Almost) Evil: Fleur Jaeggy’s I Am the Brother of XX The Los Angeles Review of Books. 2017.

Girlfriend Malaise: Satirizing the late-capitalist late-patriarchy in Catherine Lacey’s The Answers. BOMB Magazine. 2017.

A World of Her Own: The comic wonderland of Elif Batuman’s debut novel. Guernica. 2017.

Against Realism. The Rumpus. 2015.

On Art

BB9, Inc.: The Berlin Biennale gets a corporate makeover. Guernica. 2016.


Ode to Rooftops. The Paris Review Daily. 2020.

How to Buy a Rock. The Paris Review Daily. 2019.

On Economics

q-sharp whydunnit: substack posts on finance, political economy, and literature

A Brief History of the Great American Healthcare Scam. BookForum. 2020.

The Future of Work: No bleaker than it’s ever been. Harper’s Blog.  2018.