The Unpostable

I reviewed Patricia Lockwood’s No One Is Talking About This for Los Angeles Review of Books. My review tries to think through the novel’s style and wit to show how Lockwood evokes the kinds of things that can be expressed both on and off the internet. Read it here: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-unpostable-on-patricia-lockwoods-no-one-is-talking-about-this/

A Tale of Two Valleys

For Public Books, I wrote about Anna Wiener’s memoir Uncanny Valley and the HBO tv show Silicon Valley. In grappling with the history and present of Silicon Valley, these both rely on nineteenth-century narratives and tropes to craft their own visions of contemporary capitalism. Read it here: https://www.publicbooks.org/a-tale-of-two-valleys/

Horror in Revision: On the Contemporary Gothic

For LARB, I wrote about three contemporary books that are revising and rewriting gothic novels: Chase Berggrun’s R E D (Birds LLC, 2018), Sarah Perry’s Melmoth (Custom House, 2018), and Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad (Penguin, 2018). You can read the essay here: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/horror-in-revision-on-the-contemporary-gothic/#!

Odds and Ends: Fictive Probability in Helen DeWitt’s “Some Trick”

For LARB, I reviewed Helen DeWitt’s short story collection Some Trick (New Directions, 2018). My review contextualizes the collection in DeWitt’s larger career and thinks through her simultaneous representation and engagement with her characterization as a “brilliant” writer. Read it here: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/odds-and-ends-fictive-probability-in-helen-dewitts-some-trick/

If Walt Whitman’s language provided the basis of a book called Better Nature that reworked his journals and poetry to show their colonizing implications; if that book were to be reviewed in Debutantes

For Debutantes (now Debbie), I reviewed Fenn Stewart’s poetry collection Better Nature (BookThug, 2017). Read my review here: https://debutantes.squarespace.com/lessai/2018/1/3/if-walt-whitmans-language-provided-the-basis-of-a-book-called-better-nature-that-reworked-his-journals-and-poetry-to-show-their-colonizing-implications-if-that-book-were-to-be-reviewed-in-debutantes