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The Shortlist: Four New Collections of Omnivorous Literary Criticism

Review of Jonathan Lethem’s More Alive and Less Lonely, Adam Kirsch’s The Global Novel, Tom McCarthy’s Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish, and August Kleinzahler’s Sallies, Romps, Portraits and Send-Offs

The New York Times Book Review, June 2017


Review of Jody Shields’s The Winter Station

The Washington Post, February 2018

Review of Jennifer duBois’ The Spectators

USA Today, March 2019

Review of Mitchell Jackson’s Survival Math

USA Today, March 2019


Review of Guadalupe Nettel’s The Body Where I Was Born

LA Times, August 2015

Review of Judith Claire Mitchell’s A Reunion of Ghosts

LA Times, August 2015

Review of Jennine Capó Crucet’s Make Your Home Among Strangers

LA Times, August 2015

Review of Joshua Mohr’s All This Life

LA Times, July 2015

Review of Mia Couto’s Confession of the Lioness

LA Times, July 2015

Review of Debra Busman’s Like a Woman, David Vann’s Aquarium, and

Matt Summell’s Making Nice

LA Times, April 2015

Review of Sarah Gerard’s Binary Star

LA Times, January 2015


Review of Nell Freudenberger’s Lost and Wanted

Newsday, April 2019

Review of Megan Abbott’s Give Me Your Hand

Newsday, July 2018

Review of Jenny Disky’s The Vanishing Princess

Newsday, December 2017

StarTribune Masthead Tweeks

Review of Curtis Sittenfeld’s You Think It, I’ll Say It

The Star Tribune, May 2018

Review of Isabel Allende’s In the Midst of Winter

The Star Tribune, October 2017


Interview of Diane Setterfield, author of Once Upon a River

Goodreads, December 2018

Interview of Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists

Goodreads, January 2018

Interview of Michael Chabon, author of Moonglow

Goodreads, November 2016

Interview of Yann Martel, author of The High Mountains of Portugal

Goodreads, February 2016

Interview excerpted in the paperback edition of The High Mountains of Portugal, from Spiegel & Grau, pub. Nov. 29, 2016

Interview of David McCullough, author of The Wright Brothers

Goodreads, May 2015


Interview of Deanne Stillman, author of Blood Brothers

Los Angeles Review of Books, January 2018

Interview of Elizabeth Crane, author of Turf

Los Angeles Review of Books, July 2017

Review of Yiyun Li’s Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life

Los Angeles Review of Books, April 2017

California, Coming Home: Review of Katherine Taylor’s Valley Fever and Diana Wagman’s Life #6

Los Angeles Review of Books, September 2015

Fog Chaser: Review of Kyle Boelte’s The Beautiful Unseen

Los Angeles Review of Books, February 2015

Accidental Reckoning: Review of Krista Bremer’s My Accidental Jihad

Los Angeles Review of Books, July 2014

True Believers: Review of Megan Hustad’s More Than Conquerors and Sara Miles’ City of God

Los Angeles Review of Books, February 2014


Book Marks Secrets of the Book Critics: Q&A

Literary Hub, June 2018


Do-Overs: Worth doing?

Ploughshares Blog, December 2015

Do-Overs: Star-Crossed

Ploughshares Blog, November 2015

Do-Overs: The Bad Guy Has a Moment

Ploughshares Blog, October 2015

Do-Overs: 5 Books That Tell the Untold Story

Ploughshares Blog, September 2015

Do-Overs: A Little Serial to Tide You Over

Ploughshares Blog, August 2015

Do-Overs: The Meursault Question

Ploughshares Blog, July 2015

Do-Overs: Summer Odyssey

Ploughshares Blog, June 2015

Do-Overs: Four Strong Female Protagonists

Ploughshares Blog, May 2015

Review of Amelia Gray’s Gutshot

Ploughshares, April 2015

Do-Overs: Critical Fiction

Ploughshares Blog, April 2015

Do Overs: A Little Leary

Ploughshares Blog, March 2015

Do-Overs: Reflecting His Story

Ploughshares Blog, February 2015

Do-Overs: Text Redux

Ploughshares Blog, January 2015

Do-Overs: Hamlet Everywhere

Ploughshares Blog, November 2014


Review of Leni Zumas’s Red Clocks

Las Vegas Weekly, February 2018

Review of Attica Locke’s Bluebird, Bluebird

Las Vegas Weekly, September 2017

Review of Jesús Carrasco’s Out in the Open

Las Vegas Weekly, August 2017

Review of Roxane Gay’s Hunger

Las Vegas Weekly, June 2017

Review of Doree Shafrir’s Startup

Las Vegas Weekly, April 2017

Review of Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West

Las Vegas Weekly, March 2017

Review of John Darnielle’s Universal Harvester

Las Vegas Weekly, February 2017

Review of Joshua Mohr’s Sirens

Las Vegas Weekly, January 2017

Review of Marc Myers’ Anatomy of a Song

Las Vegas Weekly, November 2016

Review of Michelle Tea’s The Black Wave

Las Vegas Weekly, September 2016

Review of Margaret Wappler’s Neon Green

Las Vegas Weekly, July 2016

Review of Chris McCormick’s Desert Boys

Las Vegas Weekly, May 2016

Review of Libby Cudmore’s The Big Rewind

Las Vegas Weekly, February 2016

Review of Carly Hallman’s Year of the Goose

Las Vegas Weekly, January 2016

Review of Tara Ison’s Ball: Stories

Las Vegas Weekly, November 2015

Review of Patti Smith’s M Train

Las Vegas Weekly, October 2015

Review of Lucia Berlin’s A Manual for Cleaning Women

Las Vegas Weekly, September 2015

Review of Meghan Tifft’s The Long Fire

Las Vegas Weekly, August 2015

Review of Phoef Sutton’s Crush

Las Vegas Weekly, July 2015

Review of Sarai Walker’s Dietland

Las Vegas Weekly, June 2015

Review of Emily Schultz’ The Blondes

Las Vegas Weekly, May 2015

Review of Paul Beatty’s The Sellout

Las Vegas Weekly, March 2015

Review of David Duchovny’s Holy Cow

Las Vegas Weekly, February 2015

Review of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train

Las Vegas Weekly, January 2015


Emerging Critics Bookchat: Four Tips from Tom Beer

Critical Mass, December 2017

Summer Reading

Critical Mass, August 2017


Double Take: Conversation with Ian MacAllen about Christine Angot’s Incest

Electric Literature, December 2017

Interview of Liska Jacobs, author of Catalina

Electric Literature, November 2017

Interview of Tod Goldberg, author of Gangster Nation

Electric Literature, September 2017

Review of Courtney Maum’s Touch

Electric Literature, June 2017

Review of Jessa Crispin’s Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto

Electric Literature, March 2017

Review of Mike Scalise’s The Brand New Catastrophe

Electric Literature, Febrary 2017

Interview of JoAnn Chaney, author of What You Don’t Know

Electric Literature, February 2017

Review of Stephanie Wilbur Ash’s The Annie Year

Electric Literature, December 2016

Review of Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed

Electric Literature, October 2016

Review of David Szalay’s All That Man Is

Electric Literature, October 2016

Review of Ali Shaw’s The Trees

Electric Literature, September 2016

Interview of Gina Frangello, author of Every Kind of Wanting

Electric Literature, September 2016

Interview of Marisa Silver, author of Little Nothing

Electric Literature, September 2016

Review of Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10

Electric Literature, August 2016

Review of Amie Barrodale’s You are Having a Good Time: Stories

Electric Literature, July 2016

Review of Bruce Bauman’s Broken Sleep

Electric Literature, July 2016

Review of Alison Amend’s Enchanted Islands

Electric Literature, June 2016

Interview of JJ Amaworo Wilson, author of Damnificados

Electric Literature, June 2016

Review of Shawn Vestal’s Daredevils

Electric Literature, May 2016

Interview of Elizabeth Crane, author of The History of Great Things

Electric Literature, April 2016

Review of Jonathan Lee’s High Dive

Electric Literature, March 2016

Review of Amber Sparks’ The Unfinished World

Electric Literature, January 2016

Review of Sarah Einstein’s Mot

Electric Literature, January 2016

Review of Vladimir Sorokin’s The Blizzard

Electric Literature, December 2015

Review of Michel Houellebecq’s Submission

Electric Literature, December 2015

Review of Ashley Farmer’s The Farmacist

Electric Literature, December 2015

Interview of James Sie, author of Still Life Las Vegas

Electric Literature, October 2015

Review of Monica McClure’s Tender Data

Electric Literature, July 2015

Review of Dasha Kelly’s Almost Crimson

Electric Literature, June 2015

Interview of Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts

Electric Literature, June 2015

Interview of Gallagher Lawson, author of The Paper Man

Electric Literature, May 2015

Review of Shya Scanlon’s The Guild of Saint Cooper

Electric Literature, April 2015

Interview of Jill Alexander Essbaum, author of Hausfrau

Electric Literature, March 2015

Review of Cate Dicharry’s The Fine Art of Fucking Up

Electric Literature, March 2015

Review of Kate Mayfield’s The Undertaker’s Daughter

Electric Literature, February 2015

Review of Robert Repino’s Mort(e)

Electric Literature, February 2015

Review of Miranda July’s The First Bad Man

Electric Literature, January 2015

Review of Mark Gluth’s No Other

Electric Literature, December 2014

Review of Cameron Pierce’s Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon

Electric Literature, December 2014

Review of Megan Daum’s The Unspeakable

Electric Literature, December 2014

Review of Michael McGriff & J.M. Tyree’s Our Secret Life in the Movies

Electric Literature, December 2014

Review of Justin Taylor’s Flings

Electric Literature, October 2014

Review of Cristy Crutchfield’s How to Catch a Coyote

Electric Literature, September 2014

Review of Edan Lepucki’s California

Electric Literature, September 2014

Review of Kate Zambreno’s Green Girl

Electric Literature, August 2014

Review of Bonnie ZoBell’s What Happened Here

Electric Literature, May 2014


A Year in Reading

The Millions, December 2017


Review of J. Robert Lennon’s See You in Paradise

Paste Magazine, November 2014


Review of Don Carpenter’s The Hollywood Trilogy

Sacramento News and Review, October 2014

Review of Diego Mainardi’s The Fall

Sacramento News and Review, October 2014

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Review of Yiyun Li’s Where Reasons End

The National Book Review, March 2019

Review of Jonathan Lethem’s The Feral Detective

The National Book Review, December 2018

Review of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees

The National Book Review, March 2017

Review of Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing

The National Book Review, June 2016


Review of David Means’ Hystopia

The Northwest Review of Books, April 2016

Review of Amy Gustine’s You Should Pity Us Instead: Stories

The Northwest Review of Books, March 2016


Review of H.S. Cross’ Wilberforce and Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk

The Rumpus, January 2016

Interview of Michael Seidlinger, author of The Strangest

The Rumpus, December 2015

Review of Bette Adriaanse’s Rus Like Everyone Else

The Rumpus, December 2015

Review of Jen Grow’s My Life as a Mermaid

The Rumpus, June 2015

Review of Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed, edited by Megan Daum

The Rumpus, April 2015

Review of Jen Michalski’s From Here

The Rumpus, October 2014

Review of Maud Casey’s The Man Who Walked Away

The Rumpus, June 2014

Review of Jac Jemc’s A Different Bed Every Time

The Rumpus, June 2014

Review of Paula Bomer’s Inside Madeleine

The Rumpus, May 2014

Review of Don Carpenter’s Fridays at Enrico’s

The Rumpus, May 2014

Review of Ashley Farmer’s Beside Myself

The Rumpus, March 2014

Review of Jessica Keener’s Women in Bed

The Rumpus, December 2013

Review of Ethel Rohan’s Goodnight Nobody

The Rumpus, November 2013

Review of Cris Mazza’s Something Wrong With Her

The Rumpus, October 2013

Review of Kate Milliken’s If I’d Known You Were Coming

The Rumpus, October 2013

Review of Aimee Bender’s The Color Master

The Rumpus, September 2013


Interview of David L. Ulin, author of Sidewalking

The Nervous Breakdown, October 2015

Interview of Kelly Luce, author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail

The Nervous Breakdown, January 2014


Review of Thomas Pierce’s Hall of Small Mammals

Bookslut, January 2015

Review of Amanda Filipacchi’s The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

Bookslut, March 2015

Review of Daniel Seery’s A Model Partner

Bookslut, November 2014

Review of Lydia Netzer’s How To Tell Toledo From the Night Sky

Bookslut, August 2014

Review of Shane Jones’ Crystal Eaters

Bookslut, July 2014

Review of Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams: Essays

Bookslut, April 2014

Review of Christopher Merkner’s The Rise and Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic

Bookslut, Feburary 2014

Review of Kelly Luce’s Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail: Stories

Bookslut, December 2013

Review of Luke Barr’s Provence, 1970

Bookslut, September 2013

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Interview of JoAnn Chaney, author of As Long As We Both Shall Live Charge Magazine, March 2019


Interview of David Ulin, author of The Lost Art of Reading

The Coachella Review, September 2018

Review of Leslie Jamison’s The Recovering

The Coachella Review, May 2018

Interview of Bruce Bauman, author of Broken Sleep

The Coachella Review, July 2016

Review of Heather Brittain Bergstrom’s Steal The North

The Coachella Review, June 2014

Review of Michelle Richmond’s Hum

The Coachella Review, April 2014


Review of Peg Alford Pursell’s Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow

Entropy Magazine, April 2017


Review of James Tadd Adcox’s Does Not Love

Buffalo Almanack, Issue 5, September 2014



Under the Gum Tree, April 2013