More than forty of my essays are now available in one volume as The End of Solitude: Selected Essays on Culture and Society. The pieces below are either too new to have been included (“Recent”) or are literary reviews and thus fall outside the scope of the collection (“Selected Older”).
Annie Dillard. The Atlantic, March 2016.
Elena Ferrante, The Neapolitan Novels. The Nation, October 12, 2015.
John Updike. The New Republic, September 15, 2014.
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya. The Nation, March 5, 2014.
Sholem Aleichem. The Atlantic, January/February 2014.
Anne Beattie, The New Yorker Stories and Mrs. Nixon. The Nation, December 12, 2011.
David Foster Wallace, The Pale King. The Nation, July 4-11, 2011.
Saul Bellow. The Nation, December 13, 2010.
Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories. The Nation, March 1, 2010.
Gabriel García Márquez. The Nation, September 21, 2009.
Roberto Bolaño, 2666. The New Republic, February 18, 2009.
Portland Monthly, Winter 2023-24
Salmagundi, Fall 2023-Winter 2024.
Elizabeth Hardwick. Liberties, Fall 2023
Toward a healthier political discourse. Persuasion, October 2, 2023.
Why college teaching is so bad, and how to fix it. Deseret Magazine, September 11, 2023.
A back-to-school message for elite college students. Persuasion, September 6, 2023.
Persuasion, July 31, 2023.
Why the arts are safe and predictable now. Tablet, May 16, 2023.
Persuasion, May 8, 2023.
The partisan mentality and the left/liberal bubble. Salmagundi, Spring-Summer 2023
Against the progressive myth of history. The Free Press, January 2, 2023.
Woke art, and art and politics more generally. Salmagundi, Fall 2022-Winter 2023.
Quillette, August 17, 2022.
A defense of great books courses. Liberties, Summer 2022
The intersection of wokeness and excellent sheephood. Common Sense, May 24, 2022.
The political stupidity of the liberal elite. Salmagundi, Spring-Summer 2022.
On campus wokeness. UnHerd, March 2022.
Learning to question my beliefs more deeply than I ever had before. UnHerd, March 2022.
On the limits, and virtues, of secularism. Salmagundi, Fall 2021-Winter 2022.