Essays and Reviews


“Smash, Champ, Huck, Porkchop,” a review of Michael Patrick F. Smith’s The Good Hand in the Washington Examiner

“Pomp,” a review of Elfriede Jelinek’s On the Royal Road for the Times Literary Supplement

“Empathy for the Dumb,” a review of Emmanuele Cavazzoni’s Brief Lives of Idiots in the Washington Examiner

“Normal People,” a review of Gary Indiana’s crime trilogy in the Baffler

“A History of Gin,” a review of Janis Milliken Humphrey’s Gin in The Washington Examiner


“Goya’s Darkness,” a review of Janis A. Tomlinson’s Goya: A Portrait of the Artist in the Washington Examiner

“The Human Comedy,” a review of Peter Brooks’s Balzac’s Lives in the Washington Examiner

“Undiscovered Masterpieces,” a review of Jürgen Egyptien’s biography of Hans Lebert in the Times Literary Supplement

“Decline and Salvation,” a review of David Heatley’s Qualification in the Times Literary Supplement.

“Mudslingers,” a review of Stefano Apostolo’s Thomas Bernhards unveröffentlichtes Romanprojekt Schwarzach St.-Veit in the Times Literary Supplement

“The Right to Love,” a review of Leïla Slimani’s Sex and Lies in the Washington Examiner

“The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Chaturbator: Sex and Intimacy on the Auction Block” in The Baffler

“Our Men in Moscow,” a review of Catherine Belton’s Putin’s People in the Washington Examiner

“Second Wind,” a review of Garth Greenwell’s Cleanness in the Literary Review

“Clubbing in the New Gilded Age,” a review of Ashley Mears’s Very Important People in the Washington Examiner

“The Dignity of the Buffoon,” a review of Curzio Malaparte’s Paris Diary in the Washington Examiner

“Renaissance Man,” a review of The Idea of Perfection by Paul Valéry in the Washington Examiner

“Stale Obscenities,” a review of Robert Glück’s Margery Kempe in the Washington Examiner

“Robert Musil, the Forgotten Modernist,” a review of Robert Musil’s Agathe in the Washington Examiner


“Uruguay’s Detective of Despair,” a review of Juan Carlos Onetti’s A Dream Come True in the Washington Examiner

“Society is the Biggest Murder Scene of All,” a review of Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina in the Los Angeles Review of Books

“The Disappearance of the Subject,” a review of Armen Avanessian’s Miamification in the Los Angeles Review of Books


“At the Prado,” a review of the Mariano Fortuny y Marsal exhibit at the Prado in the London Review of Books

“Media and Transparency: An Introduction to Byung-Chun Han in English,” in the Los Angeles Review of Books


A review of Achille Mbembe’s Critique of Black Reason in Boundary 2

“The Disease of Disinheritance,” a review of Kate Zambreno’s Book of Mutter in Review 31

A review of Alfred Döblin’s Bright Magic in the Quarterly Conversation


“Both a Fish and an Ichthyologist: on Victor Shklovsky’s Diverse Achievement” in the Los Angeles Review of Books

“One Long Rock and Roll”: a Review of Eve Babitz’s Slow Days, Fast Company in Review 31


“Hope as Insult and Provocation: on Jean Améry’s Suicide” in Asymptote

“The Eviction of the Human from Human Interest: The Case of Mechanically Generated Text and Textual Analysis” in Revista Caracteres

“The Fragile Shelter of the Declarative: On Édouard Levé” in Review of Contemporary Fiction.

A Review of Michel Houellebecq’s Submission for The Quarterly Conversation

“The Weight of an Aphorism” in 3:AM

“Melancholy and its Correctives: Flaubert, Chekhov, Tolstoy” in 3:AM

“Soft Knowledge, Soft Target” in The Author

“Cadaqués” in 3:AM

“Die Gewissensforschungsmaschine: on Marianne Fritz” in Asymptote

“A Visit to the African Museum” in 3:AM

“With a Burning Church Steeple Under Each Arm: an Introduction to Josef Winkler” in Asymptote

“The Nonessential: on Marianne Fritz” in Paris Review Daily

“The Popularizer of Pessimism,” a review of Michel Houellebecq’s Submission in The Quarterly Conversation

A review of John Keene’s Counternarratives in Music & Literature

“Concerning the Nobility of my Dog” in 3:AM

Print only:

Review of Juan Villoro’s The Guilty in The Times Literary Supplement, 14/10/2015

Review of Carmen Boullosa’s Texas, the Great Theft in The Times Literary Supplement, 28/12/2015

“Kafka Smiled,” a review of Bambi’s Jewish Roots in The Times Literary Supplement, 10/02/2016

Review of Toni Sala’s The Boys in The Times Literary Supplement, 09/03/2016

Review of Josep Maria de Sagarra’s Private Life in The Times Literary Supplement, 11/05/2016

Review of Günter Grass’s Of All that Ends in The Times Literary Supplement, 21/12/16.

Review of Basma Abdel Aziz’s The Queue in The Times Literary Supplement, 26/1/2017.

“No More Emails,” a review of Enrique Vila-Matas’s Vampire in Love, in The Times Literary Supplement, 07/2/2017

“Eastern Approaches,” a review of Mathias Énard’s Compass in The Literary Review, May 2017

Review of Natalia Ginzburg’s Family Lexicon in The Times Literary Supplement, 05/07/2017

“Ongören on my Mind,” A Review of Orhan Pamuk’s The Red-Haired Woman in The Literary Review, September 2017.

“Porn’s Future” in CR Men’s Book Issue 5, Fall 2017.

“Spinning Out Yarns,” a review of Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s The World Goes On in The Literary Review, November 2017.

“Sex, Lies, and Streaming Video” in CR Fashion Book Issue 10, Spring 2018.

“Stranded Whale,” a review of Jan Bürger’s Der gestrandete Wal in The Times Literary Supplement, June 1, 2018.

“Black Comedy,” a review of Fran Ross’s Oreo, in The Literary Review, July 2018.

“No Sperm, No Egg, No Problem” in CR Fashion Book Issue 14, Spring 2019.

“The Sleep of Reason” a review of Carlos Rojas’s Valley of the Fallen, in The New York Review of Books, May 23, 2019.

“Freedom Regained,” a review of Eric Karpeles’s Almost Nothing and Jószef Czapski’s Lost Time in the Literary Review, September 2019.

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