Below are some of my favorite pieces. To see everything I’ve written, mostly, click here

For Goodness’ Sake” (Bookforum, June 2020) 
On “good people” and the self-conscious drama of morality in contemporary fiction

Are Novels Trapped by the Present?” (, February 2020)
On the blinkered Twitterization of contemporary fiction and Jenny Offill’s Weather

Ha Ha! Ha Ha!” (London Review of Books, January 2020)
On hysterical criticism, writing about oneself, and Jia Tolentino

The Radical Style of Andrea Dworkin” (New Yorker, April 2019)
On the reconsideration of Dworkin’s radical politics in the #MeToo era

Astrology Year Zero” (The Baffler, January 2019)
On the popularity of astrology and the creepiness of new New Age

Gillian Flynn Peers into the Dark Side of Femininity” (New York Times Magazine, November 2018)
On the appeal and misunderstanding of the Gone Girl author’s dark visions of womanhood

Self-Fare” (Bookforum, September 2018)
On Megan Boyle, alt lit, and a very long, very depressing chronicle of digital life

The Screwer and the Screwed” (The Baffler, May 2018)
On Helen DeWitt and the sorry state of contemporary fiction

What Do We Mean When We Call Art ‘Necessary’?” (New York Times Magazine, May 2018)
On the tendency to politicize art via one very annoying word

The Miseducation of Lady Bird” (The Baffler, November 2017)
On the culture’s disturbing return to high school

Tudor’s Biscuit World Is the Best Thing About West Virginia” (Eater, June 2016)
On the history, significance, and sadness of a beloved regional biscuit sandwich chain