Among my books stories are profiles, reported essays, and — perhaps especially — stories about less-exposed elements of a writer’s book, like my story on literal gingerbread and Helen Oyeyemi’s Gingerbread for Eater or my story on the history of the Camel Corps and Téa Obreht’s Inland for Outside magazine. This is a selection.


Literary Hub, 15 April 2019

Why Are So Many Fictional Teens Entering Cults?

A reported essay about a series of new novels (The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon, The Great Believers by Rebekka Makkai, The Ash Family by Molly Dektar, Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey, The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir) whose young characters are drawn to radical belief systems.


W magazine, 13 March 2017

Ariel Levy’s The Rules Do Not Apply Is This Summer’s Must-Read Memoir

A profile of the journalist Ariel Levy, who wrote a memoir out of her 2013 New Yorker essay “Thanksgiving in Mongolia.”


W magazine, 26 July 2017

In Her Book Sour Heart, Jenny Zhang Arrives as a Chinese-American Voice We Haven't Heard Yet

A profile of the poet and novelist Jenny Zhang around her debut story collection Sour Heart.


We Need to Talk About the Food Scenes in The Incendiaries

A reported essay about how food offers a sort of temptation in R.O. Kwon’s debut novel The Incendiaries.

Bon Appétit, 21 August 2018


Every Gingerbread Tells a Story

A brief cultural history of gingerbread, the food, culminating in Helen Oyeyemi’s novel Gingerbread.

Eater, 22 April 2019


The Forgotten History Behind Inland

The story of the Camel Corps, a U.S. Army experiment-turned-folklore that inspired Téa Obreht’s first novel in eight years.

Outside, 18 August 2019