News and Website Updates

The first half of 2018 has gone at a breakneck pace, and it's brought a few bits of exciting news. With all those updates, it seemed like a good time to overhaul the website. Since I last wrote here, I've published a couple of new pieces of literary criticism, along with a new short story.... Continue Reading →

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Favorite Fiction, Essays, and Poetry of 2017

Throughout the year, I had the best intentions to actually generate some material here on my blog. As a penance for missed time, I thought I'd close out the year by pointing to some favorite reads from 2017. There are two rules here: instead of the traditional "best of" lists that float around, everything on... Continue Reading →

News: Sidebar Podcast ep. 1: BK Fischer

I'm excited to announce that a project-in-development is now live! At the Modern Language Studies website, you can find our new fiction and poetry podcast, The Sidebar. For our inaugural episode, I met the poet, editor, and critic BK Fischer at the New York Public Library. Fischer and I talked about her poems in MLS, which perform a feminist... Continue Reading →

The Book We Need Isn’t Orwell’s 1984

Orwell's 1984 may provide us with a vocabulary for critiquing the Trump administration. "Double speak," "thought police": these and other turns of phrase explain the peculiar and insidious ways in which Trump is gaslighting America. (This is a phenomenon that Lauren Duca has explained, incisively, in Teen Vogue.) And while we need 1984's lexicon of authoritarianism, it's not... Continue Reading →

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