Confessions of a bookish boomeranger: on the New Yorker’s website, I describe the pleasures and perils of living in one’s childhood bedroom forever.
In the New York Times Book Review, I sing of swings and swingers.
Of poets and potties! Of talents and toilets! For Poetry magazine, a review of Michael Robbins’s Alien vs. Predator and A. E. Stallings’s Olives.
For the Wall Street Journal, my bit on the brain and the Bard.
For the Wall Street Journal, an essay on Jack Gilbert, but really on whales.
For the Wall Street Journal, one review of the lovely correspondence between William Maxwell and Eudora Welty—and another of T.S. Eliot’s really, really, really redundant (and sneakily splendid) letters.
For the Poetry Foundation, a podcast about the poetry that emerged from September 11.
For TIME, an essay about 9/11’s effect on my generation (and me).
For the Los Angeles Times, reviews of Tom Bissell’s Extra Lives and Adam Schwartz- man’s Eddie Signwriter.
For the San Francisco Chronicle, reviews of Henry Roth’s An American Type, Adam Levin’s The Instructions, Ismail Kadaré’s The Accident, and H. G. Adler’s Panorama.
For Poetry magazine, reviews of H. L. Hix & Co., Terrance Hayes & Co., Matthew Zapruder & Co., and Rae Armantrout & Co.
For n+1, a review of April Bernard’s Romanticism.
For the Poetry Foundation, an account of my adventures with Edgar Allan Poe’s reconstructed corpse, and a meditation on why good people like bad poetry.