Essays & Reviews

Selected Essays

“On Political Correctness”

Power, class, and the new campus religion. The American Scholar, Spring 2017.

“The Neoliberal Arts”

Education in the age of Reaganism. Harper’s, September 2015.

“The Death of the Artist—And the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur”

A new paradigm for the arts. The Atlantic, January/February 2015.

“The End of Solitude”

Thoreau weeps. The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 26, 2009.

“Solitude and Leadership”

 An address at West Point. The American Scholar, Spring 2010.

Selected Reviews

“In Defense of Facts”

John D’Agata, A New History of the EssayThe Atlantic, January/February 2017.

“Where Have You Gone, Annie Dillard?”

Annie Dillard, The AbundanceThe Atlantic, March 2016.

“Their Struggle”

Elena Ferrante, The Neapolitan NovelsThe Nation, October 12, 2015.

“Controlled Rapture”

Adam Begley, UpdikeThe New Republic, September 15, 2014.


Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle, Vols 1-3. The Nation, June 2, 2014.