Book reviews

Here are some examples of literary criticism I’ve written for the L.A. Times, including works by Colson Whitehead, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Geoff Dyer.

I like books and where they go. And I’m finishing mine soon, I swear.

Ta-Nehisi Coates imagines a magical means to freedom in ‘The Water Dancer’ (Sept. 22)

What do Bernie Madoff and Sylvia Plath have in common? Malcolm Gladwell explains (Sept. 7, 2019)

Reality twists but tyranny endures in Rion Amilcar Scott’s ‘The World Doesn’t Require You’ (Aug. 25, 2019)

Chuck Klosterman shifts his pop culture obsessions to fiction with ‘Raised in Captivity’ (July 12, 2019)

‘BoJack Horseman’ creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg shines darkly in his debut collection of short stories (June 20, 2019)

Joseph Fink & Jeffery Cranor, “Welcome to Night Vale”  (Oct. 16, 2015)

Herbie Hancock, “Possibilities” (Nov. 6, 2014)

Karen Joy Fowler, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves”(June 13, 2013)

Alejandro Zambra, “Ways of Going Home” (Jan. 31, 2013)

L.A. as scene of the crime in Diana Wagman’s  “The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets” (Nov. 4, 2012)

Festival of Books: Etgar Keret and Amelia Gray keep the whimsy coming (April 22, 2012)

Festival of Books: Talking funny with Merrill Markoe and Jill Soloway (April 22, 2012)

Esi Edugyan, “Half Blood Blues” (March 4, 2012)

Geoff Dyer, “Zona” (Feb. 26, 2012)

Ben Marcus, “The Flame Alphabet” (Feb. 24, 2012)

Chad Harbach, “The Art of Fielding” (Oct. 16, 2011)

Colson Whitehead, “Zone One” (Oct. 30, 2011)

Daniel H. Wilson, “Robopocalypse” (July 18, 2011)

Graham Joyce, “The Silent Land” (April 21, 2011)

Jonathan Coe, “The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim” (March 27, 2011)

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