“Operators Are Standing By.” A device that helps you write books and book-like objects. The New York Times. March 2014.



“The Writers Room.” Wrote about my office(s) space(s).

T Magazine. Winter 2014.


“Hard Times in the Uncanny Valley.” Went to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Grantland. August 2012.



“How to Write.” Not so great advice for the writing life. The New York Times. July 2012



“A Psychotronic Childhood.” I grew up on B-movies, and it was good. The New Yorker. May 2012



“Better Than Renting Out a Windowless Room.” The internet is not to blame for your unfinished novel: you are. Publisher’s Weekly. April 2010



“The Year of Living Post-Racially.” Live it. Love it. Be the Post-Racial Being you deserve to be. The New York Times. November 2009.



“What to Write Next.” Advice on planning your next writing project. The New York Times. October 2009.



“How to Read.” A.k.a. “Wow, Fiction Works!” A Selection from How to Write & The Art of Writing: Writers Write About Writing. Harper’s, February 2009



“Finally, A Thin President,” Op-Ed about the outcome of the 2008 Election. New York Times, November 2008.



“Visible Man,” Op-Ed about the language of race in the election. New York Times, April 2008.



“Flava of the Month,” Fake profile of Fake Memoirist Margaret B. Jones. New York Magazine, April 2008.



“I Write In Brooklyn. Get Over It,” Article about Brooklyn Writers & Writing in Brooklyn. New York Times Book Review, March 2008.



“Migratory Spirits,” Review of Richard Powers’s The Echo Maker. New York Times Book Review, October 2006



“Down in Front,” on film. Granta 86, Summer 2004.



“Don’t You Be My Neighbor,”  Article about different forms of Gentrification. New York Magazine, April 2004



“The End of the Affair,” Review of Richard Ford’s A Multitude of Sins. New York Times Book Review, March 2002.

(Honestly, I Thought I Was More Productive)

Stuff I Wrote