select writings from recent years

How to Get a 140-Pound Newfoundland Across the Country 

Condé Nast Traveler, February 23, 2015

I Nearly Died, So What? 

The New York Times Sunday Review, November 14, 2014

Difference Maker

The New Yorker, September 29, 2014

Lena Dunham Is Not Done Confessing

The New York Times Magazine, September 10, 2014


The Believer, January 2012

This Is Not Forty

The New Yorker online, December 29, 2012

What Would Hannah Horvath Make of Elizabeth Wurtzel?

The New Yorker online,  January 11, 2013

In Praise of Messy Thinking: On Katie Roiphe

Los Angeles Review of Books, September 4, 2012,

Having, or Making, or Thinking About Making a Drink: On Joan Didion's Blue Nights

Los Angeles Review of Books, October 28, 2011


The essay My Misspent Youth, which originally appeared in The New Yorker in 1999, is available as a Longform reprint. The book My Misspent Youth is available now in digital form and will be reissued later this year in paperback by Picador. There are also random people selling it on Amazon for $300.