Avidly Reads Poetry, NYU Press

Selected Essays

“The Power of a Poem”
From the Square, NYU Press

“Why a Photo Exhibit of Objects Seized at Border Control Feels Sanitized” 

“How the Alphabet Helped Virginia Woolf Understand Her Father:
On the Poetry of a Precocious Nine-Year-Old”


“Real Toads at the International Cryptozoology Museum”
Los Angeles Review of Books

“On Murder” 
Los Angeles Review of Books

Never Let Me Go and the Human Condition”

“The Gore Vidal Papers: A Love Story”
The Toast 

On Excess: Susan Sontag’s Born-Digital Archive” 
Los Angeles Review of Books

“Some Pros and Cons of Organizing Your Bookshelves by Color”
The Toast

Book Reviews

“Stay Out of the Forest: On Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark’s
‘Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered’”

Los Angeles Review of Books

“Canoodling with Junk Food: On Tommy Pico’s Junk 
Los Angeles Review of Books

“Sharp But Narrow” (Review of Michelle Dean’s Sharp)
Los Angeles Review of Books

“Demystifying the Contents of the Universe: A New Look at Mina Loy”
Los Angeles Review of Books

“Facing Facts, Facing Reality: On Deborah Nelson’s Tough Enough 
Los Angeles Review of Books

“Reduction and Relief”
(Review of Robin Coste Lewis’s Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems)
Public Books

“Shelf Expression: Nina Katchadourian’s Sorted Books
Los Angeles Review of Books

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“On Not Teaching Art: Baldessari, Pedagogy, and Conceptualism”

“The ABCs of Conceptual Writing”
Comparative Literature Studies 

“Releasing Daphne: Alice Fulton, Ovid, Trees” 
Contemporary Women’s Writing 

“‘Too Old For Children and Too Young for Grown-Ups’: Gertrude Stein’s To Do: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays” 

Other Writing

“Tainted Objects: A Conversation with Laura Levitt”
Los Angeles Review of Books

“Potential Opening Lines for My Novel About the Academic Job Market”

“Jacquelyn Ardam’s List of Books That She No Longer Has to Pretend to Like Now That She’s Not an English Professor”
The Rambling

Things I Have Suffered While a Visiting Assistant Professor in Central Maine”

“Writing the Senior Thesis: A Conversation”

“Aslant to the Flâneur: A Conversation with Lauren Elkin”
Public Books

“The Six-Word Story”
The Pocket Instructor: Literature: 101 Exercises for the College Classroom

“Google and (the) Alphabet”

“Quick Question: On Conceptual Art and Writing”

“Alphabet Books For Adults”