Irritated Critics

On May 21, 2014 By

My latest for the LARB, a review of a mediocre book on the great Ellen Willis:

http://lareviewofbooks.org/review/irritated-critics

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My pan—I mean fair but tough review—of Alain de Botton’s series of How To books from The School of Life: http://lareviewofbooks.org/article.php?id=1657&fulltext=1#comments

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Fantasies of Misunderstanding

On January 22, 2013 By

On Adam Phillips’s Missing Out for the Los Angeles Review of Books

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An interview I did with the very smart and charming critic Daniel Mendelsohn is up at The Millions.

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Second Acts

On September 7, 2012 By

An essay I wrote about Delmore Schwartz is now up at The Rumpus.

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Cogito Ergo Boom

On June 6, 2012 By

My first piece for the Los Angeles Review of Books is up today, a long review of Susan Sontag’s diaries and notebooks As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh.

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Bob Dylan Unmasked

On May 24, 2012 By

Poet or Prophet?

No battle about Bob Dylan has raged as fervently as the one about the self of Bob Dylan—whether there is a true self beyond what had been invented for the audience. In the mid-1960s Dylan and the Beatles were given dual credit for making rock music more adult, since as songwriters they [...]

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Late on posting this here, but I reviewed Alain de Botton’s Religion for Atheists over at The Millions.

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