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
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
W magazine, 26 July 2017
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
A brief cultural history of gingerbread, the food, culminating in Helen Oyeyemi’s novel Gingerbread.
Eater, 22 April 2019
The story of the Camel Corps, a U.S. Army experiment-turned-folklore that inspired Téa Obreht’s first novel in eight years.