Portfolio

Press Rogue, a media criticism column (Harper’s Magazine)

Features

On the literature of the City Southwest (The Believer / Black Mountain Radio)

On the struggle of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to become a more inclusive institution (Boston)

On the impossibility of making it as a TV writer in Hollywood (The New Republic)

On the radical transformation of Boston’s waterfront, an oral history (Boston)

On fandom’s dominant sway over American pop culture (The Baffler / Contexto)

On election aesthetics (Real Life)

On Arizona Highways, the magazine that sped Arizona’s population explosion (Columbia Journalism Review

On the faux populism of restaurant reviewers (The Baffler)

On the blind boosterism of television critics (The Baffler

On Vine and the historicization of social media (Real Life)

Shorter Essays & Reportage 

On the Mountain Time zone (The New York Times Magazine)

On the GOP and conservative media’s Democratic scandal industrial complex (n+1)

On political journalists not over-learning the lessons of 2016 (Columbia Journalism Review)

On the curatorial process behind The Museum of Bad Art (Harper’s Magazine)

On the press’ blind deference to think tanks (Components)

On The New Yorker‘s insufferable prose style (The Baffler)

On cable news’ Mueller investigation dramatis personae  (Components)

On how baseball analytics serve the game’s billionaire owners (The Baffler)

On high-rent blight in Harvard Square (Boston)

Criticism

On María Sonia Cristoff’s Include Me Out (The Nation)

On Susan Sternberg’s Machine (The Nation)

On Benjamin Dreyer’s Dreyer’s English (The Nation)

On Disney+ and the streaming wars (Fatherly)

On A.S. Hamrah’s The Earth Dies Streaming: Film Writing, 2002-2018 (Guernica)

On Yi T’aejun’s Dust and Other Stories (The Harvard Review)

On Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Kintu (Guernica)

On Yoko Tawada’s Memoirs of a Polar Bear (BOMB Magazine)

Interviews

With A.S. Hamrah, film critic (Components)

With Emma Ramadan, translator from the French (BOMB Magazine)

With Rowena Kennedy-Epstein, editor of Muriel Rukeyser (Harper’s Magazine)

With Michelle Orange, essayist (Harper’s Magazine)