Power, class, and the new campus religion. The American Scholar, Spring 2017.
Annie Dillard, The Abundance. The Atlantic, March 2016.
Elena Ferrante, The Neapolitan Novels. The Nation, October 12, 2015
Adam Begley, Updike. The New Republic, September 15, 2014.
An address at West Point. The American Scholar, Spring 2010.
What is social media doing to our friendships? The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 6, 2009. (This essay has also appeared as “The Death of Friendship.”)
Thoreau weeps. The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 26, 2009.
The essay that grew into Excellent Sheep. The American Scholar, Summer 2008.
A review of David Graeber and David Wengrow’s The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity. The Atlantic, November 2021.
On master’s degrees and why people do them. New York, August 17, 2021.
On Harold Rosenberg, my latest intellectual infatuation. Liberties, Spring 2021.
What the pandemic has done to the arts economy. Harper’s, June 2021.
An interview about my work. Salmagundi, Spring-Summer 2021.
A contribution to a forum on the future of tenure. The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 7, 2021.