essays & reviews

On Jonathan Swift’s “Directions to Servants,” Tin House #66 (order)

On duelling and John Leigh’s “Touché,” The New Yorker online

“The Lessons of Dr. Funk,” The New York Review of Books

On Nas’s Illmatic, The New Yorker online

On Tove Jansson and the Moomins, The New Yorker online


Maya Lin’s “What Is Missing” Project, Orion (Nov/Dec 2013 issue)

“Questlove’s Outward Blues,” The New York Review of Books


“A Flâneur For All Seasons,” The New Yorker online


“Yes, I Wrote a Book of Aphorisms,” The New Yorker online

“Wake in Fright,” The New Yorker online


“Strong Loyalties: On Australian Biscuits,” Creative Nonfiction

“It Was Written: Books by Rappers,” n+1

“Thirty Years of Skating,” The New Yorker online

On Gianni Rodari, Los Angeles Review of Books

Claire Nouvian’s The Deep, Orion

“On Wheels: The Art of Skateboarding,” Meanjin

Woman’s World, The Kenyon Review online

“Why Be Good: The Adventures of Pinocchio,” The Yale Review

“Stuck in the Mud: The Visions of Lucrecia Martel,” LOLA

A Conversation with Olu Dara, Capital

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