Leaving the Field

September 3rd, 2013

(an essay on Philip Roth, baseball, and quitting writing)

My Stephen King Problem: A Snob’s Notes?

July 18th, 2012

Here is an essay I wrote about the fiction of Stephen King and the literary establishment’s championing of it. The essay first appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books and later in Salon.

How to Levitate (an essay about David Foster Wallace’s THE PALE KING)

June 4th, 2012

Here is the link to an essay I wrote for Bob Wake’s Cambridge Book Review about David Foster Wallace’s posthumously published last novel.

Garden Accessory

August 25th, 2009

Here is an article I did for Julie Ardery’s Human Flower Project.

See also–for news and commentary about rural life in America–the website edited by Julie Ardery and her husband, Bill Bishop (the author of THE BIG SORT: WHY THE CLUSTERING OF LIKE-MINDED AMERICA IS TEARING US APART), called the Daily Yonder. There is stuff here that your daily newspaper (thinning daily) routinely ignores.