“Kill All the Editors” [Read here]
New York Review of Books, March 22, 2018
“Kick Against the Pricks”
New York Times Magazine (online), Dec. 17, 2017
The allure of Hollywood author Clancy Sigal. Bookforum, Dec/Jan 2018.
In a bold new memoir of female middle age, libido obliterates the usual clichés. Atlantic, June 2017
Spiked, January 27, 2017
Vox, October 4, 2016
A.O. Scott considers the state of criticism–including his own. Bookforum, Feb/March 2016
The Chronicle of Higher Education May 2015
Can shame shape society? Harper’s, May 2015
Kate Bolick’s Spinster is billed as a progress report for women—but it’s exactly the opposite. Slate, April 2015
The Chronicle of Higher Education March 2015
The art of not letting go. Bookforum, Feb/Mar 2015
The invention of the narcissist. Harper’s, Aug 2014
Thomas Bellar grapples with elusive literary icon J. D. Salinger. Bookforum, Summer 2014
A review of Eric Fischl’s memoir, Bad Boy New York Times Book Review, June 21, 2013
On James Lasdun’s Give Me Everything Bookforum, April-May 2013
A review of Michel Houellebecq’s The Map and the Territory Bookforum, Dec-Jan 2012
A review of RJ Magill’s Sincerity New York Times Book Review, Aug 10, 2012
A gilt-edged tribute to Ron Galella, the godfather of celebrity photography. Bookforum, Summer 2012
On Wayne Koestenbaum’s Humiliation Bookforum, Sep/Oct/Nov 2011
A review of Maggie Nelson’s The Art of Cruelty New York Times Book Review, July 14, 2011
Slate, June 9, 2011
Washington Post, October 3, 2010
The larger meaning of these sordid little tales. Harper’s, Jan 2009
A short history of prudery, feminist and otherwise. Harper’s, September 2007
On Scandal: A 5-week series on Slate.com Aug/Sep 2010
It’s only when a great scandal breaks after a protracted dry spell that you realize how much delight other people’s transgressions provide the community and how monotonous things get when everyone plays by the rules.
Scandals about race hold a certain queasy fascination for Americans, but why wouldn’t they, given our history?
Which is worse: lying to Congress or lying to Oprah?
Sadly, the traditional sexual entitlements of the celebrity role come with new disincentives.
What ever happened to shame? A real scandal requires shame, but we’re living through a shame recession.